Earlier today, we reported that USC centers James Blasczyk and Dewayne Dedmon were accused by witnesses of being involved in a series of street fights in downtown Spokane on Saturday night following a 25-point loss to Washington State. On Monday, USC interim head coach Bob Cantu suspended both players for a violation of team rules.
In addition, Cantu made this statement on the Trojans’ sports blog:
“Separately, we are aware of the Spokane investigation into an alleged incident involving those players and we are cooperating with the authorities to determine the facts,” said Cantu. “Until we learn all the facts, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”
The Orange County Register’s Rich Hammond clarifies the rules that Dedmon and Blasczyk broke:
Re: Blasczyk and Dedmon, independent of their culpability in any fight, they were out way, way too late in Spokane.
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) March 11, 2013
Dedmon is the starting center for the Trojans and leads the team in rebounds per game with 7.0. With these suspensions, USC’s last remaining seven-foot center, Omar Oraby, will likely get the nod to start on Wednesday at the Pac-12 tournament against Utah. Senior Renaldo Woolridge will likely be the backup if Oraby fouls out, since he played center during his days at Tennessee.
Here is a comparison of Dedmon and Oraby’s stats: