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Matt Barkley could be the greatest

Decision to return wasn't made in haste and figures to cement his USC QB legacy

Updated: December 23, 2011, 2:53 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- By the Cal game, Lane Kiffin figured he was gone. By the Oregon game, the coach wasn't quite as sure. After he saw him climb into the USC student section for the second week in a row, after a 50-0 win over UCLA, he was beginning to seriously wonder.

"I just kind of thought, watching him, 'He doesn't want to leave,'" Kiffin said.

He didn't, and the lure of fast money wasn't going to change his mind. Here's the thing about the Barkley family of Newport Beach, Calif., which ...

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