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Kiffin sets bar for Barkley: 'Best player in college football'

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08:22 AM ET 03.06 | Later this week, USC opens the first of its 15 spring workouts, leading up to a scrimmage at the Coliseum on April 14. All practices except the April 14 scrimmage are closed to the public. ... Is there anything left for Matt Barkley to work on? The senior said he would spend his fourth spring practice refining his footwork and throwing mechanics and becoming "a coach on the field." That's fine with Coach Lane Kiffin. "We've got to take our really good players and take them to another level," Kiffin said. "Our challenge for Matt will be to be the best player in college football. That starts right now."

Los Angeles Times

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March 6, 2012  08:44 AM ET

Anything less than a national title and a Heismann would seem to be a dissappointment the way he's been hyped for the coming season.

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March 6, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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good luck with that but since that player is usually determined by media hype you better get your PR dept. to work on creating the image.

Yep. Hype determines best player and the two teams that play in the NCG.

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March 6, 2012  08:56 AM ET

I do not watch too many west coast games due to the tailgate beer goggles having already kicked in by then, but what I have seen of him is that he is a good player with potential to be great???

March 6, 2012  09:01 AM ET
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I do not watch too many west coast games due to the tailgate beer goggles having already kicked in by then, but what I have seen of him is that he is a good player with potential to be great???

Damn tailgate beer goggles! lol

March 6, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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good luck with that but since that player is usually determined by media hype you better get your PR dept. to work on creating the image.

PR has already failed - they should have submitted a picture of Barkley in the Heisman pose

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March 6, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Vontraze Burfict won't be here to spoil it for him this year.

March 6, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Can't be the best player in college football. He's not from Texas!

March 6, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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You must be one of those two guys I been seening in the commercial, which one are you? Or are you the one that walks up and bothers em? LOL

Do you know how to post videos, on Facebook?

March 6, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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Yep. Hype determines best player and the two teams that play in the NCG.

So you're on record as stating that Robert Griffin was NOT the best player last year, that he was just the best hyped?

March 6, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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...but what I have seen of him is that he is a good player with potential to be great???

Yes.

He is.

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March 6, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Anything less than a national title and a Heismann would seem to be a dissappointment the way he's been hyped for the coming season.

USC should be a heavy favorite to at least get to the Rose Bowl. See 10-2 to 12-0 in the schedule below. Without Luck the first real test they get may be Utah, and after that only UW, Oregon, and ND would appear to have a shot.

9-1 Hawaii Warriors at Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum
9-8 Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
9-15 at Stanford Cardinal
9-22 California Golden Bears Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum
10-04 at Utah Utes
10-13 at Washington Huskies
10-20 Colorado Buffaloes Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum
10-27 at Arizona Wildcats
11-03 Oregon Ducks Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum
11-10 Arizona State Sun Devils (HC) Los Angeles Mem. Coliseum
11-17 at UCLA Bruins
11-24 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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