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Matt Leinart (FOX CFB Analyst)

Discussion in 'College Football' started by jimotis4heisman, Dec 12, 2004.


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    Leinart says he wants to return to USC next season


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    (12-12) 12:01 PST NEW YORK (AP) --

    Matt Leinart owns a Heisman Trophy and a national title -- and he's got a shot at another championship coming up in less than a month.

    The Southern California quarterback is likely to be a high first-round NFL draft choice in April if he decides to skip his senior season.

    It would seem as though Leinart must be a lock to go pro, right? No so fast: He's been saying since last year he wants to use all of his college eligibility. And moments after clutching the Heisman, he hadn't changed his tune.

    "That's a question I get asked a lot," the fourth-year junior said Saturday night after becoming the Trojans' sixth Heisman winner. "But I'm sticking to my word that I still intend to return for my fifth year.

    "I'm aware of the opportunity; we'll see what happens."

    Leinart won what was thought to be a close race most of the season rather handily. The 6-foot-5 left-hander received 1,325 points and won all but one of the six voting regions. He finished third in the Southwest behind Oklahoma teammates Adrian Peterson and Jason White.

    The close race was for second, where Peterson edged White 997-957. White, last year's winner, was trying to join Ohio State's Archie Griffin as the only two-time winners of college football's biggest individual prize.

    "They're both No. 1 in my eyes," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said.

    Leinart and the top-ranked Trojans will face White, Peterson and the Sooners in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4 in the first matchup of players with Heisman trophies.

    White said Griffin, who won the Heisman in 1974-75, tracked him down after the presentation ceremony.

    "He said ... 'Wish you could have joined me,"' White said.

    "I think he might have a guy coming up who might join him," White added, referring to Peterson.

    The 210-pound tailback set a new Heisman standard for freshmen: He was the first to finish higher than third in the voting. Peterson's point total was also a freshman record, besting Georgia tailback Herschel Walker's 683 in 1980.

    Peterson's freshman season will go down as one of the best in college football history. He has rushed for 1,843 yards and 15 touchdowns with a freshman-record 11 100-yard games. He's only 20 yards from breaking the NCAA's season rushing record for freshmen, set by Wisconsin's Ron Dayne in 1996.

    Utah quarterback Alex Smith was fourth, and USC tailback Reggie Bush was fifth.

    Smith is a junior, and Bush is a sophomore, so it's possible four of the five Heisman finalists could be playing college football next season. Leinart will undoubtedly enter next season as a Heisman favorite if he's back, but Peterson and Bush will also have plenty of momentum.

    Bush has scored 15 touchdowns and provided some of the most dazzling plays of the season as a do-it-all tailback for USC.

    Leinart became USC's second Heisman winner in three years; Carson Palmer won it in 2002 and now plays quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Trojans had four Heisman-winning tailbacks from 1965-81 -- starting with Mike Garrett, now the Trojans' athletic director, followed by O.J. Simpson in '68, Charles White in '79 and Marcus Allen.

    "I told (Bush), 'You'll be standing up there next season,' and he said, 'I know,"' Garrett said.

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  2. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Guaranteed the USC hype machine will be in full throttle next year if Leinart does stay.
  3. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    Now that surprises me.... unless they are talking about first "BCS" matchup with Heisman trophies or something....
  4. BuckeyeSoldier

    BuckeyeSoldier 2 time Reigning BuckeyePlanet Poker Champion

    I dont doubt that it is the only such matchup EVER lloyd, think about it, how many guys come back after winning the heisman and then managed to get matched up against the next years winner in their bowl game?
  5. nobody its a never ever happened before.

    But the question is have 4 of the 5 finalists ever played in thesame bowl game??
  6. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    I can't believe that Jason White doesn't have any eligibility left after this year.
    Can't he get another medical redshirt for the hangnail he had during the Kansas State game last year?
  7. buckiprof

    buckiprof 21st Century Buckeye Man Staff Member

    To be the 1st matchup of players with Heisman trophies would require the scenario that happened this year. Last year's winner was a junior and didn't win this year. How many juniors have won the Heisman and then came back for their senior year and didn't win it? To me, that is not surprising at all since the number of years that I have just described is very, very small.
  8. daddyphatsacs

    daddyphatsacs Let the cards fall...

    We'll see, I've heard many folks project Leinart as the top pick in the draft. Money talks, especially that kind of money, especially if Norm Chow leaves.
  9. Desertbuckfan

    Desertbuckfan Newbie


    If he stays and his stock goes down or a couple of people pass him on the board he could cost himself 10-20mil right there or he could get hurt and cost himself 30mil.
  10. stagtennis

    stagtennis Rose Bowl Bound!!!!

    All respect in the world to him if he decides to stay. I respect Leinart and the way he conducts himself. I would totally understand if he does go to the NFL and becomes a top 5 pick. If he honors his word and stays, my hat is defintely off for him. I bet his decision depends a lot on Norm Chow and his decision.
  11. JohnnyCockfight

    JohnnyCockfight Beer is God's proof that he loves us.

    I think Leinart is a great player and would be wise to come out, though I'd respect his decision either way. He has done a great job for his school, and it would be a shame if anything would happen to him in his senior year.

    Scoonie Penn is a prime example of someone we all know who would have been drafted and would be in the NBA today had he gone out after his junior season. Granted it's a different sport, but the situation is similar, and Leinart is an even better prospect comparatively.
  12. UGABuck

    UGABuck Newbie

    If I am Leinart and Chow is gone, then I am gone.

    But I respect the decision.
  13. "we'll see what happens"

    This tell syou he is gone. There is absolutely no reason he comes back next year. And he won't.

  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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    ClayNation: Matt Leinart's $12 million senior year

    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD width=10></TD><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD width=50>[​IMG]</TD><TD noWrap>May 1, 2006
    By Clay Travis
    SPiN Columnist
    Tell Clay your opinion!

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    <TABLE style="MARGIN: 5px 0px 5px 5px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD style="PADDING-LEFT: 8px; BORDER-LEFT: #cccccc 1px solid"><NOBR></NOBR></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- T9411229 --><!-- Sesame Modified: 05/02/2006 11:50:57 --><!-- sversion: 6 $Updated: rliwag$ -->Every college kid in America who is wasting their parent’s money by failing to graduate from college can thank Matt Leinart for having the most expensive year of college in American history. Everything short of Leinart’s year is a bona fide bargain. That’s because according to rough ClayNation math, Leinart’s senior year at USC cost him about $12 million in guaranteed money (the difference between being the overall No. 1 pick last year and No. 10 this year).
    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width=150 align=left><TBODY><TR><TD width=150>[​IMG] </TD><TD width=15></TD></TR><TR><TD width=150>Was that ballroom dancing class worth $12 million? We'll see this season. (Getty Images) </TD><TD width=15></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>No matter what your parents say about what a waste of money you are, you can always respond, "Yeah, but Matt Leinart spent $12 million on his senior year and when he came out of college he still made $12 million. So there." This will be a really mature argument when your degree in hospitality management finally comes through. For good measure, make sure you slam the door and make a whiny face.
    And really, when you break that number down further, since Leinart only took ballroom dancing last fall, that’s in the neighborhood of $3 million for the foxtrot, $3 million for the waltz, $3 million for the cha-cha and $3 million for West Coast swing. (For comparison’s sake, at the same time Leinart was enrolled in ballroom dancing, my wife enrolled me in salsa classes. My masculinity still hasn’t recovered, but the entire class only cost $79. For all that money, if Matt Leinart enters Cardinals Stadium and still dances like Ray Lewis when he steps foot on to M&T Bank Stadium, USC's ballroom dancing teacher should be shot.
    But what does $12 million in lost money really mean to all of us here at ClayNation? It’s important to put that loss into the appropriate context. Here are some things Leinart could have bought with the $12 million he effectively spent on his senior year:
    • Brand new, state-of-the-art floating beer pong tables for every fraternity in America.
    • Paris Hilton for an entire year.
    • 48 million cans of Natty Lite.
    • 168,321 fawning ClayNation columns
    • 1,091,901 DVD copies of Bring it On
    • The bad half of Tiger Woods’ yacht. (Note: The good half features Elin Nordegren or her twin, Josephin, sun-tanning in bikinis).
    • A 2,000-square-foot apartment in Times Square. Ouch, money really doesn’t last long in Manhattan.
    Speaking of New York City, what do players gain by agreeing to appear in person at the NFL Draft? I get the feeling it’s nothing more than a free trip to the city and an opportunity to meet Paul Tagliabue. This is an incentive that should work on someone like me, not an individual who is about to become a multi-millionaire. After all, I’m still at that stage of life where if you give me a free plane ticket to anywhere, I’ll go. Beirut? I hear it’s beautiful in the spring. Bangalore? I love the thrill of not knowing whether I am actually going east or west. Do the player’s sponsors make them go for the added exposure? If not, why does anyone go?
    That’s because each years' telecast inevitably focuses on the last player to be picked and the commentators shed alligator tears to have something to talk about other than asking rhetorical questions of one another like, "What’s the story so far of this draft?" Excuse me, the story? I think the story is the same as it is every year: People get picked to play for football teams. The NFL Draft is not James Joyce’s Ulysses -- I don’t think we need CliffsNotes. It’s pretty insulting the commentators think their television audience is so stupid they can’t keep up with this thing and need "story updates," especially with a television screen already filled with enough information to remake the Iraqi constitution, stop Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons and still know George W. Bush’s 40 time within .1 seconds.
    But as the draft continued, lo and behold, Leinart wasn’t getting picked and so he became the "story" of the draft. Perhaps, ultimately this was Leinart’s final revenge as he managed to engender an emotion in America never associated with him in the past: Sympathy. Well, at least for some people. We here at ClayNation were more interested in the things Leinart might have been thinking as he waited for his name to be called. Here are 12:
    • I’m Matt Leinart. Don’t you people get that? I’m Matt f’in Leinart.
    • Do the names Paris Hilton, Kristen Cavalleri and Alyssa Milano mean nothing to you at all?
    • I was at Nick Lachey’s 30th birthday party when you guys were scouting seventh-round draft hopefuls at Boise State.
    • The blue suit was a nice choice. I look good in blue. Scratch that, great in blue. (For the record, my wife claims Leinart's suit was gray, but I subscribe to ClayNation Canon No. 421: "If after 10 seconds of consideration you can’t tell what color any article of clothing truly is, then the answer is always blue.")
    • Vince Young can’t even spell "guaranteed money."
    • I think Suzy Kolber would have sex with me.
    • Are they still going to give me the suite at the Palms every time I visit?
    • At least I’m not LenDale White.
    • It’s not a coincidence if Melissa Stark comes back to cover football this fall.
    • A.J. Hawk’s neck is bigger than my chest. There’s no way he’s getting a guest-spot on Entourage.
    • How in the world did Under Armour not think I had enough street cred to be in their new television commercial? Click, clack, please. Have they seen me when I don’t get immediately ushered into the Key Club? Once, I got so mad I ripped a feather-pillow to pieces and feathers went everywhere.
    • I think Mel Kiper, Jr. would have sex with me.
    By the way, if Leinart actually thought of two or more of these things, then we will anoint him ClayNation’s new favorite NFL player to reign alongside our favorite basketball player, Joakim Noah and our two favorite announcers, Ian Eagle and Verne Lundquist. As you can see, the ClayNation Crew is laced with street cred. Any day now I’m expecting Under Armour to feature this foursome in a new advertising slogan: "Click Clack ... that’s the sound of Verne Lundquist’s pacemaker."
  15. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    I'd say he lost shit-load, seeing as he was as close to a sure-fire #1 pick (no worse than #3) last year and this year he gets picked 10th. Hope he enjoyed his senior year...

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