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USC Coach Says Josh Shaw Could Return After Lies

(AP Photo/Pasadena Star-News, Keith Birmingham, File)

(AP Photo/Pasadena Star-News, Keith Birmingham, File)

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says he shares blame with the athletic department for publicizing cornerback Josh Shaw’s bogus story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning.

Sarkisian also said Thursday that the suspended Shaw could “potentially” return to the Trojans at some point this season.

The first-year coach also says Shaw still hasn’t told the Trojans exactly how he sprained both of his ankles last weekend.

Shaw admitted his story was a lie Wednesday in a meeting with USC officials, but offered no explanation. Shaw was accompanied by attorney Donald Etra, who says Shaw’s injury involved no criminal activity.

Sarkisian says USC’s decision to publicize Shaw’s tall tale “had as much to do with me as anybody else.”

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