He would win the first three games of his career before the then-#3 Trojans suffered a 34–31 triple-overtime defeat at California on September 27 that dropped the Trojans to #10.Leinart and the Trojans bounced back the next week against Arizona State.
Two Dads: NBC player Blake Griffin attends a Take Flight Media Event on July 16, 2013 in Beijing, China - while (right) NFL quarterback Matt Leinart attends the 23rd Annual Time for Heroes Celebrity Picnic in July 2012 Mom and Son: Brynn Cameron holds her son, Cole Cameron Leinart, during USC's 66-42 victory over Arizona in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball game at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
on Saturday, February 17, 2007 But following the birth of their child the two parents fell into a public slanging match, in which she implied he was an absentee dad obsessed with his Hollywood friends such as Paris Hilton, while she was used as comedy fodder for her large custody demands.'Then being pregnant and having it so public, emotionally, I can’t deal with this.
Wearing number 7, he was chosen as the Gatorade California high school football player of the year.
However, after Hackett and most of his staff were fired in 2000, Leinart considered other programs such as Georgia Tech and Arizona State and visited Oklahoma before USC eventually hired Pete Carroll.
Nonetheless, Leinart was invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony, along with teammate Reggie Bush, Oklahoma's freshman running back sensation Adrian Peterson, quarterback and incumbent Heisman winner Jason White, and Utah's quarterback Alex Smith.