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Golden Nuggets: Armond Armstead and Arik Armstead Cannot Play Together in the Pac-12?

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.


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