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Matt Barkley Decision: USC Quarterback Chooses to Stay at USC for Senior Season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 13:  Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans gets ready for their game against the California Golden Bears at AT&T Park on October 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIDecember 22, 2011

Breaking news regarding the University of Southern California's football program this afternoon. 

USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who was listed as the sixth-ranked NFL Draft prospect on Mel Kiper's Big Board, has chosen to return to USC for his senior season. 

Barkley, in announcing his highly-anticipated decision, said he wanted to "take care of unfinished business." 

That unfinished business that he alluded to was bringing a national championship to USC, which is coming off of a two-year bowl ban levied to the program by the NCAA following its finding that former USC running back Reggie Bush received improper benefits during his time with the Trojans. 

USC looks to have an excellent season in 2012 despite left tackle Matt Kalil deciding to forgo his senior season to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. The team finished with a solid 10-2 record and would have represented the Pac-12 South Division in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game had it not been for the NCAA sanctions.

In addition, USC finished the season ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press NCAA football poll thanks to victories over Oregon, Washington and a 50-0 thrashing of UCLA, among others. 

Matt Barkley returning to the USC football program for his senior season could shake up college football as USC will be in the running for a national championship and a possible return to the program's glory days.

Now one question remains: Will USC football hoist the Coaches' Trophy come January 2013 in its first year off of the NCAA's bowl ban? 

That remains to been seen, but the return of quarterback Matt Barkley definitely helps the Trojans' cause.

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