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Matt Barkley key to USC's future

The Trojans' success next season hinges on whether Barkley leaves for the NFL

Updated: November 5, 2011, 12:06 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOULDER, Colo. -- When Matt Barkley finally, mercifully, left this field with 1:55 left and the USC Trojans about to salt away their 42-17 win over Colorado, he was greeted by coach Lane Kiffin, who wrapped the crook of his left arm around the back of the quarterback's neck.

A few minutes later, the USC band leader wanted a piece of Barkley in the bleachers beyond the north end zone. A couple of minutes after that, Barkley, steam pouring off his head in the crisp Rocky Mountain air, was ...

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