Steve Sarkisian Refutes Anthony Brown Statements

USC coach Steve Sarkisian said Anthony Brown’s comments are “ridiculous” and encouraged reporters to speak to everyone in the athletic dept. about it.

“Any of you guys that know me, and if you ask anybody in our building, any of our players, feel free to. That’s about the furthest thing from the truth.”

Double Standard?

A Seattle radio host asked if Steve Sarkisian could punish Josh Shaw for lying if Sarkisian went on the radio and said he was staying at Washington the day he left for USC.

USC Morning Buzz: Josh Shaw Suspended Until When?


Is this the end of the Josh Shaw story or is there more to come? The police still want to speak to him. He now has a big-time lawyer. The longer-term issue is how he gets his reputation back. And when he gets reinstated to the team. Some time around the week his ankles are healed, most likely, especially the way Pac-12 teams pass.

Here’s a recap of Shaw’s admission he lied about rescuing his nephew.

Matt Leinart On Josh Shaw

Matt Leinart, who now works for Fox Sports 1, gave his opinion on Josh Shaw’s situation: “It is embarrassing because USC just came off a really, really bad few years with the sanctions. They kind of cleared their name, [athletic director] Pat Haden has run a tight ship and has done a great job. They’ve flown under the radar this year and now this happens a week before the first game and it’s embarrassing.”

Josh Shaw Statement

Here is Josh Shaw’s full statement issued through his lawyer, Donald Etra.

“On Saturday, August 23, 2014, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part.

“My USC coaches, the USC Athletic Department, and especially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career and for that, I am very grateful.”