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Should He Stay Or Should He Go?

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Tomorrow is an epic day for all of you fans of Troy. No, LAist speaks not of the cumbersome, homo-erotic, overlong and overhyped Brad Pitt fiasco from this past summer, but rather of a certain press conference occurring within the holy walls of the University of Southern California.

There, one Matt Leinart, better known as the quarterbacking heartthrob of your national champion football Trojans, will answer the question that has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue since the last seconds of the Orange Bowl ticked off in Miami. His coach, Pete Carroll, is on pins and needles…legions of USC boosters are nervously pacing the halls…and hordes of unscrupulous, blood-sucking sports agents are presently hunched over their speed dialers, ready to pounce at a moment’s notice. It is undoubtedly the most burning question we have seen in Hollywood in ages:

What went wrong with Brad and Jen? Are Lindsay’s breasts real? Why is JLO so unhappy? Sorry, not even close. While all of the above are undoubtedly pointed, pressing issues that perhaps one day will be addressed in this very space, the real question to be answered once and for all tomorrow is that old standby: Will he stay or will he go?

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That’s right. Matt Leinart’s self-imposed deadline has come due. The dilemma: does the youngster intend to play out his senior year at USC or jump to the pros? Well, guess what? In sticking to his true Hollywood roots, (well, Santa Ana actually, but work with us on this one—it’s a better angle) Matt intends to leave his fans guessing up until the final minute tomorrow.

What will he do? Eschew the glory of USC football for the Siren’s song of NFL riches? Or will he stiff-arm the Wells Fargo truck and the thirty million dollar contract and stick around campus for one final hurrah as officially the Biggest Man On Campus that may have ever existed? Only time will tell sports fans. And that clock is running out…even the great Matthew claims he still doesn’t have any idea about what he’ll do.

LAist has done some checking around and researched this case pretty thoroughly, and while it seems young Mr. Leinart is facing a decision on par with the one Meryl Streep made in “Sophie’s Choice,” we have a simple, straightforward answer.

You see, things have gotten very complicated for the poor kid. There’s one set of advisors telling him that he’s done all he can in college football: a boatload of wins, 2 straight national championships and a Heisman Trophy. Heck, he even dates Jessica Simpson’s personal assistant. That’s got to count for something…what else is there? What if he gets hurt next year and it’s all over? He’d be an idiot to turn down the reams of cash countless NFL teams are ready to throw at him right now. They tell him to take the money and run.