In this segment a question about Matt Barkley.
Q: Trojan Conquest said:
There seems to be two views on Barkley from Trojan fans……….Those that love him, and those that think he had a dissapointing season last year. He still doesn’t have a signature victory, and he doesn’t step up and perform in the 4th quarter when elite QBs need to. Do you think he’ll step up and be an elite QB next year, or continue to struggle and be average? Also, which QBs in the Pac 12 would you rate higher?
A: I’m not sure he can be an elite QB. I think he can is the most important member of USC’s football team and his absence cost te Trojans a victory over Notre Dame. But in games like the Stanford and Washington contests, key throws were not made to win the game.
Last month I was asked to rank the Pac-12 QB’s. Here my answer:
I’d say Andrew Luck (Stanford) is No. 1, Darron Thomas (Oregon) No. 2. Then I think it’s pretty close. I’d rank Matt Barkley (USC) somewhere in the 3-4 range. I’m not sure he is ahead of Nick Foles (Arizona) or Jeff Tuel (Washington State). Some might scoff at Tuel but he is working with a lot less than the other QBs. Ryan Katz (Oregon State) and Brock Osweiler (Arizona State) are only a hair behind Barkley. I suppose Jordan Wynn (Utah) is there too but I did not see a lot of him last season other than the disastrous TCU game.
Q: uscmike said:
I notice that USC’s conference basketball games on Thursdays are often not televised on FSN or Prime Ticket. I understand why Fox picks a UCLA basketball game over USC, but why is it that the local Fox stations will sometimes show a match-up from other conference schools over USC? Perhaps I am wrong, but it seems to me that a USC game would get more local viewers than, say, a Wash-Cal game. Has USC done anything to try to address this issue? One would think that USC would want maximum exposure for the basketball team. Any info you can provide is greatly appreciated.
As always, thanks for the forum, Scott.
A: The reason you get those games that do not interest you on Prime Ticket or Fox Sports West is that that Fox has a contract with the Pac-10 to televise certain games. And often, USC is not the choice of Fox.
USC’s way of addressing it is to sometimes televise the game on the Internet. Not very satisfying, I agree, but better than nothing.
That is why USC probably needs some type of channel like Texas started that can televise more games. Even a Pac-12 network might not address but then I hear that basketball games will be played on more nights to maximize exposure as soon as next season.