In an announcement that seemed to be a foregone conclusion for at least a week, Kiffin confirmed Thursday that Barkley will not play in USC’s first postseason game since the quarterback’s freshman season. Barkley suffered the shoulder injury in the UCLA loss and missed the regular-season finale against Notre Dame because of it.
Kiffin said Barkley wanted to play, but doctors would not medically clear him to do so.
As was the case in the Irish, Max Wittek will get the start at quarterback for the Trojans, Kiffin confirmed.
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