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Josh Shaw did fall from a balcony

Josh Shaw USC Trojans

USC cornerback Josh Shaw admitted on Wednesday that he lied about saving his 7-year-old nephew from a swimming pool, but not every detail of his story was fabricated. While all the stuff about Shaw being a hero was complete BS, there was indeed a balcony involved.

Shaw’s lawyer, Donald Etra, told the New York Times that the 22-year-old “fell from a third-floor balcony” at an apartment building in downtown LA. Etra refused to explain what led to the alleged fall, but he insisted there was no criminal activity.

“So far, there’s nothing criminal about this whatsoever,” Etra explained. “We are not discussing details. Suffice it to say, he fell, didn’t tell the truth and made a mistake. Now he wants to move on with his life.”

The NY Times added that moving on may not be as simple as Shaw wants it to be, as Los Angeles police detectives say they want to speak with him about what happened that night.

What we have heard so far is that police responded to a call about a woman screaming at the apartment complex where Shaw’s girlfriend lives. They found an empty apartment where the noise was heard when they arrived, and witnesses claimed to have seen a man matching Shaw’s description shimmying across third-floor balconies.

Obviously, something doesn’t add up. I highly doubt Shaw told the story about saving his nephew for the sole purpose of being viewed as a hero. He has something else to hide, in all likelihood.

ESPN’s John Anderson: USC is a ‘clown college’

John-Anderson-ESPNESPN’s John Anderson said what a lot of people are thinking on Wednesday when senior cornerback Josh Shaw admitted he was lying about saving his 7-year-old nephew. The Trojans have dealt with a lot of distractions in recent years and rarely ever have a season of just football. Take it away, John.

“If you go back to Pete Carroll and the embarrassment of getting stripped of a national title, the Heisman Trophy that Reggie Bush got back, how they handled Lane Kiffin’s firing,” Anderson said Wednesday. “There was the probation. This is a clown college. How should I look at this place?”

When Anderson says “clown college,” I’m guessing he’s just referring to the football program. USC ranked 23rd in US News and World Report’s national university rankings this year, so we don’t want to insult the 18,000-plus students who study there.

As far as football is concerned, Anderson makes a good point. USC certainly botched the Lane Kiffin firing and there’s no denying the sanctions stemming from Carroll’s tenure were a major blemish. The fact that a senior captain got himself wrapped up in such an embarrassing lie doesn’t help.

Josh Shaw reportedly got in fight with teammate who told him to ‘come clean’

Josh Shaw USC

Josh Shaw was suspended indefinitely by USC on Wednesday after admitting that he lied about how he injured his ankles. Shaw did not save his 7-year-old nephew from drowning in a swimming pool and is not a hero. Before Shaw told the truth, a teammate reportedly confronted him to tell him he knew he was lying.

According to TMZ, Shaw was “aggressively confronted” by a respected member of the USC defense on Monday who knew he was lying with the story about saving his nephew. The teammate reportedly urged Shaw to come clean by getting in his face and yelling, “Why you lying?” Several other players supposedly had to step in and separate the two.

[PreviouslyPolice responded to scream at apartment of Josh Shaw's girlfriend]

The most amazing part of this story to me is how quickly USC gobbled Shaw’s story up and ran with it. A story published on the Trojans official website praised the senior cornerback for being a hero and included a heartfelt quote from head coach Steve Sarkisian. Given how quickly people found out Shaw was lying, you would think some basic fact checking from the start could have saved USC the embarrassment.

Josh Shaw lied to USC about drowning story, is suspended indefinitely

Josh Shaw USC Trojans

Josh Shaw on Wednesday admitted to USC officials that he lied about the story of how he injured his ankles. He has been suspended by the program indefinitely.

Shaw suffered two high-ankle sprains on Saturday and told USC the injuries occurred when he jumped off a second-story balcony to save a 7-year-old nephew from drowning in a swimming pool. USC publicized that account with a story published on their website Monday, complete with quotes from Shaw and head coach Steve Sarkisian.

A day after the heroic story went viral, USC began investigating the story more thoroughly. There were rumors that Shaw was not out in his hometown of Palmdale that night, but rather that he was involved in an incident with his girlfriend and may have injured himself escaping from her apartment.

[Previously: Police responded to scream at apartment of Josh Shaw's girlfriend]

“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” said USC head football 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.”

USC also says Shaw now has Donald Etra as legal counsel. It’s unclear what he needs a legal adviser for, but it could be related to the alleged incident with his girlfriend.

Etra released the following statement on Shaw’s behalf.

“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.”

Randy Edsall: Michigan crowd is big but not loud

Michigan Big House

Maryland joins the Big Ten this season and will play at many big-time venues in their first year in the conference. The Terps visit Wisconsin, Penn State and later in the year, Michigan.

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has been asked about transitioning into the new league, and one question he’s continuously faced has to do with the new crowds and visiting stadiums. On Wednesday, Edsall was asked by The Sports Junkies’ Eric Bickel about playing at Michigan (the game is on Nov. 22). Edsall downplayed the crowd at The Big House.

“You know, I had the opportunity to play in the Big House when I was in Connecticut coaching there, and when they had just finished the expansion [to] 113,000,” Edsall said on 106.7 The Fan. “Yeah, it’s big, but it’s not loud. I mean, that’s one thing with Michigan, it’s not a loud crowd. And I think the biggest thing with that situation, you go in there and they understand that, ‘Hey, the field is the same size here at Byrd as it is there.’

“And the biggest thing you’ve got to do is go out and out and get on top of them and try to take the crowd out of the game. But we’ve played at Clemson and Florida State and those places, and Clemson is as loud as it gets. So I don’t think our guys will be intimidated by that. It’s just kind of the history of the Big House and Ohio [State's] stadium and Penn State. But again, just go focus on what you’ve got to focus on, and that’s playing against the guy you’re lined up next to.”

Edsall isn’t the first person to question the noise level in The Big House, but what’s funny is that Edsall had the exact opposite opinion about Michigan fans back when he was the head coach at UConn.

As the DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg pointed out, Edsall said in 2010 that Michigan’s crowd noise could have been a factor in the Wolverines establishing an early lead and beating his Huskies 30-10.

“I’ll tell you what, it was loud out there,” Edsall said, according to the New Haven Register. “When I told people we were going to Michigan to play and they said it’s not loud, I don’t know what they were talking about. Maybe it was the new additions that kept the sound in, but I thought it was pretty loud.”

It’s pretty obvious that Edsall is just trying to psych up his team so they’re ready for the challenge of playing in the new conference.

Gosh, whose idea was it anyway to put Maryland and Rutgers in the Big Ten? Yuck.

Josh Shaw – Police responded to call about woman screaming in apartment

Josh Shaw USC Trojans

As the Josh Shaw narrative continues to go from bad to worse, a number of reports and rumors seem to indicate that the USC cornerback’s injuries stemmed from an incident involving his girlfriend — not a heroic effort to rescue a young family member.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Police Department said Shaw’s name came up in a report filed by officers who received a call when residents of the Orsini Apartments in LA claimed to have heard a woman screaming. Officers went to the apartment where the screams were heard and ended up forcing their way inside, but no one was there.

Witnesses told police they saw a man “scampering across third-floor balconies” and gave a general description of him. A woman who later spoke to police said the description “sounds like my boyfriend, Josh Shaw.” The woman claimed Shaw was out to dinner with some friends.

The LA Times report sounds a lot like a TMZ report we shared with you on Tuesday that indicated police were called after someone spotted a suspicious person “shimmying” down the side of a building in downtown LA. A Twitter rumor that has gotten some play claims Shaw jumped off a third-floor balcony to avoid police after he was involved in a domestic incident with his girlfriend.

Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News also reported on Tuesday that Shaw’s injuries stem from an incident involving his girlfriend.

Either there are a lot of people who are determined to make Shaw look bad, or his story about rescuing his nephew isn’t true.

West Virginia QB Clint Trickett: Nick Saban’s daughter was my first kiss

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If Nick Saban calls for a few extra blitzes during Alabama’s season-opening game Saturday against West Virginia, you’ll know why.

West Virginia starting quarterback Clint Trickett, whose family has a good relationship with Saban, admitted Tuesday that his first kiss was Nick’s daughter, Kristen. The admission came up when asked if he knows Saban well.

“His daughter was my first kiss back in the day,” Trickett said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“So yeah … I don’t know if I should have said that,” Trickett said. “She’s actually engaged now.”

Trickett moved to clarify quickly.

“For clarification, we were like six years old! Just so everyone knows that.”

For more context, Trickett’s dad, Rick, who is currently the offensive line coach at Florida State, used to coach on Saban’s LSU staff. Trickett’s brother, Travis, was once a graduate assistant for Saban. But Clint’s ties to Saban clearly trump everyone else’s.

I know he doesn’t do social media, but if Saban saw this tweet Trickett sent, he probably would be thankful his daughter broke things off early in life.

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