A condensed version of this story has already been shared in the fanshots section but the quotes from Matt Barkley are so hilarious they are worth sharing again. ICYMI Yahoo!'s Michael Silver sat down with Barkley at a country club in Orange County to discuss poor Barkley's damaged psyche after an epic fail of a senior season.
Barkley being the outstanding Trojan-for-life that he is gave us a little view of his soul as he nonchalantly threw Hello Kiffin under the bus:
"Yeah, I've thought about it long and hard," Barkley says as he picks disinterestedly at his Cobb salad. "I learned how to handle adversity last season, and maybe I could have done a few things differently. I could've had a bigger voice, given more input and taken it to the next level - pretty much as the owner of the company might ... not just letting things happen.
"You put faith in your coaches, but when you see trends, things not happening the right way, and when the team rests on your shoulders, it's almost like you have to step up. You can't just let these things go by and watch them disintegrate in front of you. You've got to put the glue in somewhere. Looking back, I wish I'd been more forceful."
Barkley wasn't done with Kiffin:
Barkley wasn't thrilled with the state of affairs.
"Kiff kind of suited the play-calling toward Marqise," Barkley says. "It was rough at times, because defenses kinda knew what was coming. It was sort of predictive. Robert Woods is a great player. ... You want to be respectful of your coaches, because they are your elders, but when it falls on your shoulders, you probably should get involved."
Yikes. We don't really need to take sides in this Trojan cat fight but it's really amusing to read pieces in which Barkley's camp are desperately trying to prop him up as some matured quarterback, the same punk who had no problem sounding like an arrogant *%^*k all off-season talking up Trojans winning a national championship. It's amusing to read about maturity of the same guy who poured salt on our wounds by flashing that stupid "scoreboard" smirk at the entire Bruin Nation.
Whatever. No one really cares where Barkley ends up as long as he doesn't take up the valuable backup spot of whatever your favorite NFL team. Someone like him shouldn't be anywhere close to any leadership spot in any credible NFL franchises. Here is to Raiders drafting the country club kid from the OC in the second round, completing karmic cycle of life for the franchise that was stupid enough to hire Kiffin as an NFL head coach.
PS: Then again, we probably shouldn't LOL too much given the fact that we have some guy from New Mexico leading our basketball program, whose public mannerisms in many ways remind us of Lane Kiffin. Let's just hope we don't have to read same kind of stories involving Kyle Anderson at the end of next year if it turns out be another pathetic season for UCLA basketball.