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Let me preface by saying that I have no exceptional knowledge or attributable source and the question posed is solely for discussion and speculation.
Do you believe Matt Barkley is truly injured? It's not uncommon for a business decision to be made and risk injury causing irreparable damage to a draftee's "stock". I can envision him going to the coaches and saying "I agreed to stay & try to win a NC. Since this isn't an NC game; I don't want to risk potential millions in draft money for a Sun Bowl victory".
Coach Kiffin, I imagine, would be inclined to grant his request because, again I imagine, of the "back room" recruiting discussions about how he "protects" prized players. Any thoughts?
Kid comes from a quality family who has been highly regarded in Southern California for years...and yes, he's hurt.
he's is absolutely hurt
his draft stock plummeted this year - should have gone out last year
so if he could play, he would have to help elevate his stock with a good game
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