Matt Barkley made a decision today that many USC fans had been praying for since the second that the 2011 College Football season came to a close.
It seemed almost inevitable to most that Barkley would run off to the NFL after his electrifying junior season. After all—by virtue of his 3,528 passing yards and 39 touchdowns (to just 7 interceptions)—Barkley had become a top-15 lock for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Then, after teammate Matt Kalil chose to declare for the NFL Draft, the chance of an unlikely Barkley return began to seem nigh on impossible. Yet today, Barkley affirmed his love for the USC Football Program, and decided that he would return for his final season at the University of Southern California.
So now the question on everyone’s lips is: Did Barkley make the right decision?
Here are nine reasons why Barkley did in fact make the right decision to stay at USC for his senior season.