published Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

USC's Josh Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue


Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw (26) runs back an interception for a touchdown against Hawaii during a game in Honolulu in this 2013 file photo.
Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw (26) runs back an interception for a touchdown against Hawaii during a game in Honolulu in this 2013 file photo.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

LOS ANGELES — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans' team activities, the school announced in a statement Wednesday.

The school didn't explain how Shaw actually was injured in its statement, but USC officials say they regret posting a story lauding Shaw's tale on their website Monday.

USC coach Steve Sarkisian says the Trojans are "extremely disappointed in Josh." Shaw is a fifth-year senior, a team captain and a key starter in USC's defensive secondary.

The school notes Shaw has retained legal counsel.

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