USC Morning Buzz: The Plot Thickens Over Why An Offensive Player Is No. 55

There seems to be no logical reason for an offensive player to wear No. 55, the most-hallowed number in his USC history and reserved for a top linebacker. But now we have conflicting reasons for how offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn is now No. 55.

“I asked for No. 54 but they just gave (55) to me,” Lobendahn said. “If (Steve Sarkisian) was to give me another number I’d wear it too.”

One problem: There is no No. 54 on the team.

Earlier in the spring, Sarkisian said Lobendahn was promised No. 55 by Lane Kiffin: “It was something that came up in conversation with the previous staff and it was the right thing to do. Somebody has to wear some numbers.”

Steve Sarkisian On Being No. 7

Here’s what Steve Sarkisian said regarding being the seventh-best coach in the Pac-12:

“Opinions are opinions, you can’t base your job based on what other people think about you. That’s something, as a young coach, took me time to figure out. It’s not what other people outside of your building really feel about you, it’s what your coaches feel about you, what your players feel about you, that’s what matters most.

“Moving forward, for me, that’s where my focus has been. It’s not what others are thinking, it’s about the people in your building, how they feel about you.”

Full interview here

When Does Dunk City Start?

Byron Wesley’s transfer a year ago would be perfectly normal. Roster overhauls always occur when a new coach takes over. Washington State’s already lost a couple players since Ernie Kent took over.

But he was USC’s leading scorer this season and his departure shows a lack of trust between him and Andy Enfield after a full season together. It’s been a year since Enfield was hired and one could ask where are the elite recruits that were supposedly going to come with his hire?

USC was a favorite with Jordan McLaughlin before Enfield got hired. Even Malik Price-Martin and his father were strongly considering USC beforehand. There was a lot of excitement a year ago about USC’s basketball future and right now it seems to all rest on transfers from other schools that may or may not pan out and some incoming guys that were easy gets from Day 1.