Josh Shaw’s swimming pool story raised some questions

Josh Shaw USC Trojans

USC is investigating the story they publicized Monday about how senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured himself.

Shaw told the school — and the school later reported on their website — that the CB suffered two sprained ankles jumping off a second-floor balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew at a family gathering in his hometown of Palmdale on Saturday night.

Despite having some questions about the story, we wrote about it here at LBS for a few reasons. One, who would lie about a story like that and give a detailed quote about it? Two, why would the school write a story about it complete with quotes from Shaw and head coach Steve Sarkisian if it weren’t true?

Nonetheless, while writing about the story, I had a few questions. Namely, why would someone jump off a balcony onto concrete knowing full well how dangerous that would be, when most apartment complexes generally have stairs that can get you to the bottom floor pretty quickly? Two, if it were a family event, wouldn’t other people have been around the swimming pool? Three, if Shaw were so hurt that he had to crawl into the pool, wouldn’t he have trouble ushering the boy to safety?

Ryan Abraham at USCFootball.com raises additional questions. He adds that Shaw was at a Salute to Troy event Saturday, which means if he traveled to Palmdale afterwards (about 60 miles away), that would have been late at night and the kid would have been at the pool around 10:00 pm. He also notes that there seemed to be an usually small positive reaction from Shaw’s teammates to the heroic story.

Considering some aspects of the story seemed far-fetched, it’s no surprise that USC is investigating the incident after receiving phone calls contradicting Shaw’s account. One rumor is that Shaw jumped off a third story and was involved in an incident involving police in LA, not Palmdale. The LA Daily News’ Scott Wolf says he heard Shaw initially told USC he jumped off a third floor. LBS tried to chase down that rumor and called Palmdale police. They went through their records for Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. and did not find any incidents that included Shaw’s name or matched the description of what allegedly happened.

LAPD issued the following statement Tuesday:

“We’ve got no record of us having a run in with him. That’s not to say something didn’t happen. We have no record of anything happening.”

USC investigating if Josh Shaw’s story about saving nephew is true

Josh-Shaw-USCUSC is reportedly investigating whether or not senior cornerback Josh Shaw did in fact injure himself by jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from a swimming pool. According to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, there were some “doubts within the program” over Shaw’s story late Monday night.

Shaw has been labeled a hero after he suffered two high ankle sprains when he claims to have jumped from a second-floor balcony and climbed into a pool to rescue his 7-year-old nephew. Wolf said he has been informed by sources that Shaw’s injury did not have to do with rescuing anyone from a pool. Shaw also allegedly told USC that he jumped from a third-floor balcony, not a second.

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters on Tuesday that the school has received calls contradicting Shaw’s account of what happened.

“I have no reason, no history, to not believe Josh and his story (about) what has occurred,” Sarkisian said. “Within the past few hours or so we’ve gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred Saturday night … we’re looking at it. Beyond that, Josh is adamant with what occurred.”

On Monday, Sarkisian praised Shaw for his “heroic act” and Shaw said he had no regrets over getting injured while trying to save a life.

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” the senior said. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”

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Tennessee uses Beyonce photoshop to recruit Shy Tuttle


Shy Tuttle is one of the top-ranked defensive tackles in the class of 2015, and Tennessee would really like for the 6-foot-3, 310-pounder to call himself a Volunteer. In an attempt to separate themselves from the rest of the powerhouse schools that are trying to woo Tuttle, Tennessee coaches decided to use Beyonce as a prop.

“They snapped with this one,” Tuttle wrote on Twitter with a bunch of smiley faces along with the photo you see above.

Tennessee even included a bunch of phony headlines like “Beyonce on why she thinks Tuttle belongs at Tennessee.” The Vols coaches pulled out all the stops.

Hey, it’s better than sending someone 53 recruiting letters in a single day. That practice is played out and unoriginal. Tennessee is battling with other major programs like Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Michigan, so they had to do something to make an impression. Tuttle certainly isn’t going to forget the Vols’ pitch to him.


Bucknell football team has hilarious roster headshots


The Bucknell football team absolutely killed the headshot game this season. Apparently the members of the Bison roster decided that they were going to put a ton of effort into photo day, and the results were incredible. It was an absolute frenzy of facial hair and fantastic haircuts.

For starters, we had a group of students who dominated the mustache scene:


Then, there were those who preferred the goatee:

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USC CB Josh Shaw out after jumping off balcony to save nephew

Josh Shaw USC

USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw is out indefinitely after hurting himself saving his nephew over the weekend.

Shaw was at a family function at his cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale over the weekend when he saw his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, struggling in a swimming pool. Carter cannot swim and there was no help nearby, so Shaw instinctively jumped off the second-floor balcony to help save the young boy.

Of course, real life is not like the movies where people can jump from the second story and land below without incident; Shaw landed hard on the concrete and hurt his legs, but he was able to crawl into the pool and pull his nephew to safety.

Shaw was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with two high-ankle sprains. The Trojans senior team captain expressed no regret over his injuries.

“I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,” Shaw said Monday via USC’s website. “My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.”

USC opens up its season on Saturday against Fresno State.

Denard Robinson calls Michigan State ‘little brothers’ again

Denard RobinsonDenard Robinson loves to rib his Michigan State rivals and did it once again last week.

You may recall last year that the former Michigan Wolverines quarterback was asked to rank the school’s rivals and put Michigan State third behind Ohio State and Notre Dame. He even called the Spartans the Wolverines’ “little brothers.”

Well, Robinson did it again after his Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Detroit Lions 13-12 in a preseason game on Friday. He said it when asked about Michigan State winning the Rose Bowl last season.

“It did sting, but at the end of the day the Big Ten won the Rose Bowl,” he said via the Detroit Free Press. “It was good that they won it, our little brothers won it and pulled it out for the Big Ten.”

Knowing full well that calling Michigan State the “little brothers” would rankle some fans, Robinson was asked about it again. He sang the same tune.

“It’s the truth. When it was first said it was the truth and it holds true.”

For being a little brother, Michigan State has won five of the last six football games between the teams. Not bad for a little brother.

Arkansas QB Brandon Allen has truck set on fire


Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen was the victim of what appears to be arson early Monday morning, as his truck was set ablaze. KFSM in Arkansas reports that Allen awoke just before 4 a.m. to find his Chevy Avalanche burning in his driveway.

Allen said the truck was given to him by his father and that his golf clubs were inside at the time it was destroyed. Fayetteville police are currently working with the fire marshall to investigate Allen’s car and two others being set on fire early Monday.

The photo you see above, which was passed along by The Arkansas Logo, supposedly shows the other two cars that were burned — not Allen’s. This is the spot where Allen’s truck was burning before it rolled back into a ditch and was later towed away:

Allen’s truck was also egged last year after he threw a game-ending interception in a loss to Mississippi State. People are idiots.

H/T Deadspin