Inside The Bills

Barkley backing friend Te’o

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2013 – 8:34 am

USC QB Matt Barkley’s Trojans fell to Manti Te’o’s Notre Dame squad late last season vaulting the Irish into the National Championship game as they completed an undefeated regular season. But a friendship that started before college has the quarterback fully backing the linebacker who has endured a firestorm of media scrutiny in the wake of his hoax online relationship.

“I’ve known Manti since high school. We’re good buddies,” said Barkley. “We’ve stayed in touch all the way through school. We’re were training together in Florida. He’s handled this whole situation, I think, better than anyone could’ve. I love him, and he’ll have a great career.”

Te’o effectively navigated a 15-minute question and answer session with the media Saturday and came across as a genuine person that was brought up on old school values and his trust and naivete led to an embarrassing situation.

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