Armond Armstead Lawsuit Against USC Might Go To Jury Trial In 2015

Former USC defensive limeman Armond Armstead’s lawsuit might end up going to a jury trial though not anytime soon after a judge’s ruling today. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos tentatively denied motions to dismiss the case but has not made a final decision.

A trial would not start until March, 2015 because Armstead’s lawyers want more time. Armstead alleges USC team doctors gave him painkillers that caused a heart attack. Full story here

Toa Lobendahn, Claude Pelon Vying For Playing Time Next Season

Of the five new players that enrolled in January, offensive lineman Toa Lobendahn and defensive tackle Claude Pelon are battling for playing time. Lobendahn is currently starting at guard but the line is shorthanded because of injuries. Pelon is trying to make the rotation at tackle, a deep position with Leonard Williams, Antwaun Woods and Delvon Simmons.

Here’s a look at their situations: Link here

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.”