USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley is sticking around for another year. You might've heard this poses problems for the rest of the Pac-12, and you'll forgive USC fans for gushing. You know who else is gushing? Coach Lane Kiffin, who called Barkley "the perfect Trojan" after the announcement.
Barkley had Kiffin nervous the night before the press conference, though, and he really should've just announced his intention to transfer to Tennessee. From a piece by Arash Markazi, which of course includes Kiffin's staffers playing Britney Spears-related pranks on associates:
Barkley had called Kiffin that morning around 10, sounding somber, and asked Kiffin and his wife to come to the Barkley house at 5 p.m. to meet him and his family to discuss his decision.
For the next eight hours, Kiffin dissected Barkley's one-minute phone call a hundred times to figure out what his decision would be.
Upon arrival, Kiffin was handed a Christmas ornament with a picture of he and his quarterback hugging after a win. On the back:
Kiffin had to read the hand-written inscription twice for the words to sink in: "One more year. To the memories next year."
And then Matt Leinart emerged as the ghost of Christmas future oh noooooo!