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Friday, January 14, 2011
Football: Matt Barkley's trip to Nigeria

By Pedro Moura

USC's official site reports on the 11-day trip Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley and friends made to the African city of Jos, Nigeria over the Christmas Break.

Barkley first revealed plans to make this trip in the free time provided by a bowl-less season at Pac-10 media day in July. Our Mark Saxon detailed the parameters of Barkley's trip back in October, but it wasn't without much convincing -- Barkley's father, Les, didn't want the trip to be publicized. In the end, though, it appears the Barkley family figured a report from the trip could do more good than harm.

A report from the trip, pictures featuring the Barkley family, friends and USC punter Kyle Negrete and a video shot by Barkley himself can be found here. Barkley also did a Q&A with blogger Jordan Moore.