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Matt Barkley stands tall amid sanctions

The USC quarterback says the players have moved on from all the sanctions talk

Updated: August 27, 2011, 1:04 PM ET
By Pedro Moura | ESPNLosAngeles.com

The USC Trojans cannot play in a bowl game this season.

Told that, the quarterback, Matt Barkley, laughs.

"Oh, really?" he asks.

Yes, really. In the second season of NCAA sanctions that included a two-year postseason ban, the Trojans are finally -- finally! -- starting to escape bowl-ban talk, both within the team and outside of it.

"It's nice that no one's really asking about it," Barkley said in a rare private moment recently. "For me, I haven't ...

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