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JACKSON FAMILY MOVED BY TRIBUTE

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AP--LOS ANGELES. The Jackson family said they were moved by Lane Kiffin's tribute to Michael Jackson yesterday in a formal statement issued through the Jackson family publicist.

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"From one active recruiter of 13 year olds to another, we thank Coach Kiffin for his moving tribute to Michael's work with youth," read the statement. "We certainly appreciate it in this trying and difficult time, especially from someone so busy. Sincerely, the Jacksons."

Kiffin could not be reached for comment, as he currently has his arm caught in a snack machine on the Tennessee campus.