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By T.J. Simers | January 3, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Bob Leinart and I stood along the sideline Saturday at the Southern California Trojans' football practice, talking about kids, the college experience and decisions. "What would you do?" Leinart asked. Well, knowing what I know now about medical science, I would have had less coffee, eliminated all stress from my life, taken fewer hot showers and worn looser shorts, improving my chances of having a son who might one day grow up to earn millions playing football.
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By BILL ORDINE | April 3, 2008
Matt Leinart has some explaining to do. The Arizona Cardinals quarterback exhibited some questionable judgment recently. That would be to have a party at his home in the Valley of the Sun that included the following: Girls. Beer bong. Girls. Hot tub. Girls. (Sigh) camera. And through the magic of the Internet, you can be a guest at Matt Leinart's house party. Apparently, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt took a peek on the Internet and characterized his reaction as "disappointed."
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg | September 6, 2005
IF, AT SOME POINT this season, USC quarterback Matt Leinart breaks his arm or blows out his knee, don't be one of the Monday Morning Quarterbacks in a rush to point out that he should have turned pro after winning the Heisman Trophy last season. And don't feel sorry for him either. Instead, do something that's as illogical as it is wonderful. Applaud his decision anyway. Applaud Leinart - who in all likelihood passed up a guaranteed $25 million as the first pick in the NFL draft to return for his senior season - because he wanted to hold onto something that doesn't, and shouldn't ever, have a price tag. His youth.
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December 10, 2007
Welcome to Mr. Flip's Monday page. He is thrilled to bring The Flip Side here and honored by the opportunity to have - as it says across the top of this page - The Last Word. Because even once a week is a lot more often than he ever gets the last word with Mrs. Flip. Oh, say, can you shut up? Before Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Ricky Hatton welterweight fight, the British fans who had come to Las Vegas to cheer on native son Hatton disrespected the "The Star-Spangled Banner." During the anthem, the Brits reportedly booed and whistled.
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By Ken Davis and Ken Davis,HARTFORD COURANT | December 12, 2004
NEW YORK - College football has a new leading man. Matt Leinart was already the envy of the Southern California campus. With an unassuming personality and boyish good looks, Leinart became a star in Tinsel Town while leading the Trojans to a share of the national championship last season and a No. 1 ranking they held from start to finish this season. Last year, he replaced a quarterback who had won the Heisman Trophy. Now he has his own. Leinart, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior, was announced as the winner of the 70th annual Heisman Trophy last night in New York.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2003
Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart has been the breakthrough player of the 2003 season. After playing behind Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer last year, Leinart was not expected to do much more than learn offensive coordinator Norm Chow's passing schemes and hopefully not make too many mistakes doing it. "Coming into the season I really didn't know what to expect because I had never played," said Leinart, a third-year sophomore who grew...
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2005
MIAMI - Any debate about this season's college football national championship ended quickly last night at Pro Player Stadium. Amid a flurry of Oklahoma turnovers and Southern California touchdowns in the second quarter of the Orange Bowl, the season-long filibuster on the BCS rankings suddenly became a moot point. Or, for the top-ranked Trojans, lots of points. Turning a bunch of bumbles and two fumbles by the second-ranked Sooners into nearly immediate scores, USC (13-0) embarrassed Oklahoma by taking a 28-point halftime lead and cruising to a 55-19 victory before 77,912 fans.
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December 10, 2007
Welcome to Mr. Flip's Monday page. He is thrilled to bring The Flip Side here and honored by the opportunity to have - as it says across the top of this page - The Last Word. Because even once a week is a lot more often than he ever gets the last word with Mrs. Flip. Oh, say, can you shut up? Before Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Ricky Hatton welterweight fight, the British fans who had come to Las Vegas to cheer on native son Hatton disrespected the "The Star-Spangled Banner." During the anthem, the Brits reportedly booed and whistled.
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By Randall Mell and Randall Mell,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | December 11, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Oklahoma quarterback Jason White may not like this, but the Orange Bowl could be history making if he fails to win his second Heisman Trophy tonight. If Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart or running back Reggie Bush win college football's most prestigious award at the New York Hilton, the Orange Bowl would pit Heisman winners against each other in a college game for the first time in the 70-year history of the award. The No. 1 Trojans meet the No. 2 Sooners in the Bowl Championship Series' national title game in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Reporter | September 7, 2006
Mike Mayock said it when Vince Young hysteria was at its peak. He said it before Matt Leinart's stock dropped perceptibly before the NFL draft. He said it to anyone who would listen. Jay Cutler, the NFL Network's draft analyst said time and again, would prove to be the best quarterback in the Class of 2006. So far, Mayock has everyone scooped. In his first NFL preseason, Cutler showed the ability to make all the throws, to take a team down the field in the two-minute drill, to get a team into the end zone.
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By KEN MURRAY | October 8, 2007
If Week 5 was notable for anything yesterday, it was the triumphant return of Kurt Warner to St. Louis. If there were any messages delivered, one surely was authored by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who smacked the Seattle Seahawks silly despite a horde of marquee players in street clothes. On an ugly Sunday all around, quarterbacks took lickings and reunions were better for some than others. We'll start in St. Louis, where Warner, a one-time NFL Most Valuable Player with the Rams, went home to cheers, not jeers.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN REPORTER | September 22, 2007
Matt Leinart lost only two games in three seasons as Southern California's starting quarterback, twice leading the Trojans to the national championship and winning the Heisman Trophy as a junior. It took just two weeks as the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals for Leinart to match that loss total during his rookie NFL season a year ago. It took an additional month for Leinart to win his first game, against the Detroit Lions. "In college, we went out every single Saturday expecting to win, knowing that we would win," Leinart said earlier this week.
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December 25, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Leinart sprained his left shoulder late in the first half, ending his strong rookie season one game early, and Kurt Warner finished up with 105 yards passing in the Arizona Cardinals' fourth victory in six games, 26-20, yesterday to eliminate the San Francisco 49ers (6-9) from postseason contention. Leinart was injured when Roderick Green sacked him shortly before halftime, and the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner watched the second half in street clothes. Leinart was replaced by Warner - and the two-time Most Valuable Player struggled before coolly directing a final clock-killing drive for Arizona (5-10)
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By KEN MURRAY | October 2, 2006
His storied career at another seeming dead end, Kurt Warner is facing a return trip to oblivion this week. But at least the one-time NFL Most Valuable Player and Super Bowl hero won't have to go back to stocking groceries, just holding clipboards. Warner's fumble-marred career as an NFL starter likely reached its conclusion yesterday in the Arizona Cardinals' 32-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He fumbled twice, losing one, and threw an interception. Cardinals coach Dennis Green yanked Warner in the fourth quarter for rookie first-round draft pick Matt Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner at Southern California.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Reporter | September 7, 2006
Mike Mayock said it when Vince Young hysteria was at its peak. He said it before Matt Leinart's stock dropped perceptibly before the NFL draft. He said it to anyone who would listen. Jay Cutler, the NFL Network's draft analyst said time and again, would prove to be the best quarterback in the Class of 2006. So far, Mayock has everyone scooped. In his first NFL preseason, Cutler showed the ability to make all the throws, to take a team down the field in the two-minute drill, to get a team into the end zone.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG and KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG,sun reporter | August 27, 2006
1. THE UNAVOIDABLE, UNDERSTANDABLE AND YET, AT TIMES, UNBEARABLE, HYPING OF NOTRE DAME Wake up the echoes, then be prepared to swallow an extra dose of hyperbole. After a decade of mediocrity, Notre Dame is definitely back, led by Heisman Trophy favorite Brady Quinn and its gruff, self-assured coach Charlie Weis, an honors graduate of the Bill Parcells School of Arrogance and Condescension. Weis is, without question, a brilliant coach (just ask him!), and the Fighting Irish will contend this season.
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By DON MARKUS and DON MARKUS,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2005
8 p.m. n Chs. 2,7 n Pro Player Stadium, Miami n Records: USC (12-0), Oklahoma (12-0) Keys to the game 1. Battle of Heisman winners: The matchup between Heisman Trophy winners -- 2004 honoree Matt Leinart of USC and 2003 winner Jason White of Oklahoma -- is a first in a national championship game. Leinart, a 6-foot-5 lefty, threw for 28 touchdowns this year (with six interceptions) while White, a 6-3 right-hander, had 33 touchdowns (and six picks). Each is capable of having career performances, but each is also susceptible to mistakes.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | January 2, 2005
MIAMI - Dwayne Jarrett had been on the Southern California campus less than a month last summer when he called his mother, Camille, telling her that he wanted to come back home to New Jersey. "There was nobody around, school wasn't in session, and I told her that I didn't think it was the right place for me," Jarrett said one afternoon last week after practice. "She told me to keep pushing hard and don't give up. I had never quit anything in my life and I wasn't going to quit now." Jarrett listened to his mother, as well as to coaches and more experienced teammates.
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By BILL ORDINE and BILL ORDINE,SUN REPORTER | April 30, 2006
Despite the NFL's consistent efforts to encourage offense on the field, the decision-makers tasked with building their franchises into Super Bowl contenders cast their lots with defense at yesterday's draft. And for the second straight year, a star quarterback was left nervously waiting for his name to be called. Not only was a defensive player, North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams, anointed the No. 1 overall choice by the Houston Texans, but defenders made up the heart of the first round, accounting for 14 of the first 20 selections.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | January 5, 2006
PASADENA, Calif.-- --Maybe Reggie Bush was the best player in college football this season, but Texas quarterback Vince Young made a pretty convincing argument last night that the Heisman Trophy went to the wrong guy. There was no question that on this glittering night at the Rose Bowl, Young was the man and - by the simple force of his will - the Longhorns were the best college football team in the nation. He had 467 all-purpose yards. Bush had 281. Young scored three touchdowns, including the decisive score with 19 seconds left to play to win his second Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy in a row. Bush scored one touchdown and made a momentum-shifting mental error in the first half that probably was the turning point in the game.
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