CalSportsDigest is reporting that Armond Armstead will not be able to play at a Pac-12 school, which may impact his younger brother's decision. The elder Armstead will have to sit out a year per Pac-12 rules, but it is unclear why the story claims that he cannot play at a Pac-12 school. Keep in mind, it is that time of year when you should take everything with a healthy boulder of salt.
A Pac-12 spokesman confirmed Friday that the senior, who missed the 2011 season with an undisclosed medical condition, would be forced to sit out one year to meet conference transfer guidelines.
Armstead graduated with his degree in sociology in December, which would allow him to use an NCAA rule that grants immediate eligibility to play while enrolled in a graduate program not offered at USC.
However, that does not supercede conference rules, preventing Armond from joining Arik at either Cal or Oregon for one season.
Armstead told the Orange County Register last week that he is considering Auburn, Arkansas and Notre Dame as potential transfer destinations.
The younger Armstead originally committed to USC last June before decommitting in October, citing the school’s unwillingness to clear Armond medically as a factor.
CBS Sports first reported Friday that Arik is enrolled at Cal, which is necessary for him to participate in spring practice. But until he attends class, Armstead is not bound to the Bears and can still be recruited.
After the jump rugby starts off the season by outscoring its opponents 116-3 and basketball posts an equally impressive rout against Utah.
- November 10th just became much more interesting: Oregon QB Darron Thomas has (for inexplicable reasons) declared for the NFL Draft.
- A Pac-12 spokesman said that Armond Armstead, older brother of Arik Armstead, would need to sit out for a year if he transferred to a Pac-12 school. Apparently he can't take advantage of the rule that would allow him to play at a Pac-12 school this season if he enrolled in a graduate program not offered by USC.
- Faraudo recaps the Bears' win over Utah in his game thread. Utah's dreadful shooting allowed Cal to build an early, double-digit lead and never look back.
- CalBears.com has post-game quotes (and video) from Monty, Jorge Gutierrez, Emerson Murray, and Utah coach Krystkowiak.
- Two photo galleries from the game: Cal's photos and AP's photos.
- Faraudo recaps the 81-45 win over the Utes. The Bears' 13-0 record at home is their best start since the 1959-1960 season. They earned a second consecutive trip to the Final Four that year.
- BearTerritory.net recaps the Bears' win.
- The Bears opened the season in traditional fashion: beating USC 66-0 and beating Oregon State 50-3. UCLA is Cal's next victim at the UCLA Tournament.
- Former Cal athlete Lewy Boulet finished 10th in the Olympics qualifiers (a third place would have allowed her to qualify automatically). She finished the 26.1 mile marathon in 2 hours and 33 minutes. Not bad for a 38-year-old. Not bad for anyone, actually. Cal alum Brooke Wells finished 19th.
- The women's tennis team went 12-1 on the first day of the 2012 Cal Winter Invitational. They followed that up by going undefeated in day 2 of the invitational.
- The 14th-ranked men's team opened the 2012 dual season with a 4-3 win over Tulsa.