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NCAA FOOTBALL: USC looking into player's story

on August 27, 2014 10:49 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says the school is investigating defensive back Josh Shaw’s claim that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning.

Sarkisian said USC has received several calls contradicting Shaw’s story about the circumstances leading to his two high ankle sprains. Shaw’s story was told in a detailed post on the Trojans’ website Monday hailing the team captain’s heroism, but Sarkisian acknowledged USC isn’t exactly sure what happened.

Lt. Andy Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department also said that a man named Joshua Shaw was mentioned — but not as a suspect — in a report involving a Saturday night break-in at a downtown apartment building.

Sarkisian said he had “no history to not believe Josh and his story,” but acknowledged the situation was increasingly murky. The first-year USC coach declined to discuss the discrepancies in detail, or the identity of the callers who contradicted the story.

• CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is investigating a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.

The investigation was announced in a statement that was released in response to a Yahoo Sports report which stated that the alleged hazing involved several players and resulted in redshirt freshman Jackson Boyer being injured. Yahoo Sports reported the incident occurred in Boyer’s room at the hotel where the team stayed for preseason camp.

The school did not identify any players it is investigating and did not confirm it was a hazing incident. Team spokesman Kevin Best declined to reveal specifics of the incident in an email to The Associated Press, though he said Boyer has been practicing with the team.

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