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Cornerback suspended for lying about heroic rescue

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Sarkisian hasn’t coached a game for Southern California, but he’s already dealt with his first firestorm since leaving Washington after last season.

Trojans cornerback Josh Shaw has been indefinitely suspended by the team after admitting he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. Sarkisian said that honesty and integrity must be at the center of his football program, and he believes Shaw will learn from this.

The school didn’t explain in its statement how Shaw actually was injured, but USC officials say they regret posting a story lauding Shaw’s tale on their website Monday. Shaw is a fifth-year senior, a team captain and a key starter in USC’s defensive secondary.

*Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Eric Risberg

 

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