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Matt Barkley latest to wonder about Lane Kiffin's game plan

Updated: December 10, 2012, 12:50 PM ET
By Greg Katz | WeAreSC
LOS ANGELES - - It figured that first up on USC coach Lane Kiffin's 2012 postseason re-examination table would be his defense, but that situation for the Trojans' leader was pretty much taken care of when Monte Kiffin, the defensive CEO and the coach's father, quickly announced that he was resigning after the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

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Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireMarqise Lee was great, but Matt Barkley feels that USC coach Lane Kiffin was too focused on the Biletnikoff Award winner.
So with Papa Monte going on his merry way, the prospects of a major debate regarding the direction of the Trojans' much-maligned defense died down considerably, and Lane Kiffin was hoping to turn his complete attention to the Sun Bowl and recruiting.

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