Bond with Kiffin helped bring Barkley back 

December, 28, 2011
Matt Barkley and Lane KiffinAP Photo/Jason RedmondOne couldn't blame Lane Kiffin for being smug when Matt Barkley announced that he was returning to USC last Thursday.

In the week since Matt Barkley’s announcement that he would return to USC, there have been plenty of stories written about the reasons for his decision.

There has been talk of unfinished business, of national titles and Heisman Trophy runs. But one important reason has been left out of most discussions, and it’s the one which could impact his football career the most -- his relationship with Lane Kiffin.