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.”

Josh Shaw Admits He Lied

USC announced this afternoon that cornerback Josh Shaw admitted he lied about rescuing his nephew from drowning.
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” said USC coach Steve Sarkisian. “He let us all down. As “I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.
“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”
Shaw has been suspended from all team activities indefinitely.

USC Hunkers Down

USC made only two players available to the media today and then limited Steve Sarkisian to less than five minutes.

“It’s pretty clear there are quite a few conflicting stories out there,” Sarkisian said. “Any information that we’ve been provided up until this point, we’ve pushed along to campus authorities. We’re really going to let it play out in their hands up until this point and quite honestly, we’re in somewhat of a holding pattern.”

Steve Sarkisian History Lesson

"0806_SPO_LDN-L-USC-PRACTICE-JM"Here’s an interesting passage from a former Washington Husky beat writer on how Steve Sarkisian exerted control over his program.

“At UW, the athletic department hired former AP sports writer Gregg Bell to write feel-good stories about Huskies athletes – particularly football players – for the team’s website. Who was Bell’s top editor? Sarkisian.

Sarkisian went so far as to line-edit stories. He reviewed stories he felt were “too rough” and had Bell massage facts to make them smoother.”

Tre Madden Could Be Out A Month

USC tailback Tre Madden might not return until the fourth game because of his turf toe. Madden’s foot was in a protective boot today. That would leave USC with two scholarship tailbacks (Javorius Allen, Justin Davis) for the first three games.