Trojans Can Put Armond Armstead Behind Them and More USC Football News


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First Take… USC settled a lawsuit brought by former defensive lineman Armond Armstead Wednesday, just days after it was revealed by the Sacramento Bee that the player had suffered another heart attack before retiring in 2014.

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The suit, which alleged USC doctors caused a heart attack by shooting up Armstead with the painkiller Toradol before games to help him play through a shoulder injury, is not the first legal battle the Trojans have faced in the courts over player health issues. Stafon Johnson also received a settlement from the school relating to his life-threatening weight training accident.

Medical experts could certainly say more about the validity of the lawsuit implicating Toradol in a heart attack when Armstead suffered a subsequent attack presumably free from the effects of the painkiller. Still, USC’s medical staff has earned too frequent a mention in the news over the past few years. It’s time to get out of the limelight.

Settling the case out of court offers the Trojans the ability to move on and put the Armstead situation behind them.

Of course, there’s another case out there that could be handled the same way, though its doubtful people would be so accepting.

And Ten Links…

  1. Adoree’ Jackson and JuJu Smith are doing their part to help ensure USC’s future excellence on the football field by lending a hand in recruiting. Both have spent time talking to recruits after practice, according to Lindsey Thiry. (LA Times)
  2. Nico Falah may have fallen into the shadow of impressive freshman on the offensive line, but he’s coming along this spring, as detailed by Gary Klein. (LA Times)
  3. In a Q&A with Michael Lev, new offensive line coach Bob Connelly said that Toa Lobendahn reminds him of Max Tuerk, who is entrenched at center unless something changes. (OC Register)
  4. Cody Kessler is prepared to make more plays with his feet this coming season, even if he’ll never be a true running quarterback. (OC Register)
  5. As excited as everyone is to see incoming freshman light the college football world on fire in 2015 the way Adoree’ Jackson and JuJu Smith did, Steve Sarkisian wants fans to take note of the progress of a few guys who are progressing through the program. He singled out Max Browne, Steven Mitchell, Ajene Harris and Nico Falah among the standouts. (ESPN)
  6. Steve Bisheff set out to solve the “Case of the Vanishing Fullback” which has seen USC fail to utilize the weapon that is Soma Vainuku. (ESPN)
  7. Will USC make the playoff this season? Ben Kercheval lays out all the reasons why the Trojans will or won’t earn a shot at the championship, beginning with Cody Kessler and ending with the loss of Leonard Williams. (Bleacher Report)
  8. Cody Kessler and Max Tuerk have made valiant efforts to get roommate Su’a Cravens to embrace country music. Apparently it hasn’t worked. Plus four other observations the USC quarterback has from this spring. (ESPN)
  9. Jamie Uyeyama thinks USC commit Daelin Hayes is a physical beast who doesn’t play like one yet. With so little game-time under his belt, there are questions about whether the highly-touted linebacker will come good. (Pacific Takes)
  10. Tee Martin thinks it is Steven Mitchell’s time (and he knows it), while Max Meyer breaks down the candidates for replacing Nelson Agholor and how they have fared this spring. (Neon Tommy)

Stat of the Day:

USC has never produced an NFL Hall of Famer who was drafted outside of the first round. Of the 12 Trojans in the Hall of Fame, ten were first rounders and two were undrafted.

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