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08:34 AM ET 11.24 | Don't expect Matt Barkley to be overly emotional if Saturday's game against UCLA turns out to be his last at USC. Barkley has maintained his 50-50 stance regarding the NFL draft, a decision he will make sometime after the season after talking it over with his family and coaches. He said he's in a "completely different" situation from another former Mater Dei quarterback, Matt Leinart, who struggled to control his emotions at the start of his final USC game in 2005. Leinart was a redshirt senior at the time with no option to return. "We're going to work with him a little later in the week on that, make sure that he doesn't pull a Leinart on us," USC coach Lane Kiffin said. "Matt was still crying late in the first series."

The Orange County Register

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November 24, 2011  08:46 AM ET

Don't pull a Sanchez either ...

November 24, 2011  08:58 AM ET

Dear Lane Kiffin,

"Thanks a##hole." Signed Matt Leinart.

But, of course, Leinart has said some unflattering things about Kiffin in the past. Supposedly, he told people that when Kiffin was the OC, he several times had to tell Kiffin to shut up since he didn't know what was going on but insisted on talking during meetings.

November 24, 2011  09:14 AM ET

I hope he makes the right decision. Sanchez could have used the extra year at USC and I would love to see Barkley come back, but we all know it is money driven!!!

November 24, 2011  09:18 AM ET

Thinking about that USC team from 2004...Best team since the mid 90's Nebraska teams? Perhaps Miami of 2000? I guess that's an argument for another day. There have been some awesome teams throughout the years. Everything I have read indicates Barkley is a better person off the field. Good for him.

November 24, 2011  09:18 AM ET
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Supposedly, he told people that when Kiffin was the OC, he several times had to tell Kiffin to shut up since he didn't know what was going on but insisted on talking during meetings.

Where did you read that?? You must of picked up a copy of a Bama nickel ad at the local 7/11. LOL.

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November 24, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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That is funny JK, get OT wound up early, yep, it did, good one.

Colonel good morning, here's hoping you are feeling okay and I hope you have a great day. Actually JK had me laughing with his last comment!!!

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November 24, 2011  10:38 AM ET
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Youknow OT, your argument that Bama did not win their conference so they should not play for the championship, well, St Louis won the world series, should they give it back?

'Bama has not won their last game yet so please let's put up the anointing oil.

November 24, 2011  10:38 AM ET
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Youknow OT, your argument that Bama did not win their conference so they should not play for the championship, well, St Louis won the world series, should they give it back?

Yes they should give it back!!! LOL. IMO I don't like this wild card BS, you win your division and then you move on, but you and I know it's all money driven.!!!! I also don't like the DH in the AL, as an old timer I think everyone should hit, that's the way baseball should be played. :-)

November 24, 2011  10:41 AM ET
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'Bama has not won their last game yet so please let's put up the anointing oil.

Damn I hope Arky beats LSU tomorrow!!!!

November 24, 2011  10:52 AM ET
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There's no CRYING in football!

More like fits of rage.

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November 24, 2011  11:06 AM ET
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Got your kegs all "topped up" for the weekend, Van? heh heh

Yeah Van is going to need it on Saturday, after Stanford beats the Irish, remember Van, "No crying"!!! :-) Here's hoping everyone has a great Thanksgiving and weekend!!!

November 24, 2011  11:27 AM ET
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as an old timer I think everyone should hit, that's the way baseball should be played. :-)

It worries me to agree with such an old old-timer...am I becoming one? I never have liked the DH, makes the manager's job too easy...

 
November 24, 2011  11:46 AM ET

Happy and Safe Thanksgiving to all my T&R bro's and sista's. Hope you all enjoy your day. Even the domers.

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