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Yahoo Sports: Lane Kiffin defends Barkley by ripping USC’s defense, which was coached by his father

Lane Kiffin managed to make defending his former quarterback right before the NFL draft into a "Did he say that?" moment. In an interview with, the USC coach said Matt Barkley was under-appreciated by Trojans fans. No real problem with that. And then he went on. "I think he's going to be a great starting quarterback in the NFL, and the film shows it," Kiffin said, according to "The plays he makes, all the throws he's made here, the leadership qualities ... I've said this before: If Matt Barkley had the defense that Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer ...

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