Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sport Shorts: USC Suspends Cornerback for Making Up Story

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sport Shorts: USC Suspends Cornerback for Making Up Story

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USC cornerback is suspended for false tale

Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw confessed that he lied to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew.

The school swiftly suspended him Wednesday from all team activities and acknowledged his heroic tale was "a complete fabrication."

The tale began to unravel soon after the team captain was lauded for his heroics in a story on the team's website Monday. In the account, Shaw described how he instinctively jumped from a balcony, with no one around, to rescue his 7-year-old nephew in a pool in his hometown of Palmdale, Calif. The school said a day later callers questioned the story, and began vetting it.

But the biggest question remains unanswered: What was he doing, and how did he injure his ankles? The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that a man named Joshua Shaw was mentioned but not as a suspect in a report involving a break-in at a downtown apartment building Saturday night.

Mizzou freshman ruled eligible * Walter Brady, a defensive end recruit from Florence, Ala., was not initially cleared to enroll in time to join Mizzou for preseason camp but received word on Wednesday that he's been ruled eligible. Mizzou director of football operations Dan Hopkins informed Brady that the SEC has approved of his eligibility, Brady said. Brady got a call Monday from the NCAA Eligibility Center saying he was cleared by the organization's standards, but he also needed a positive ruling from the conference office. Brady, listed at 6-3, 255 pounds when he signed in February, said there was an unexpected problem with a class he took during his senior year at Florence High. Barring a flurry of injuries, Brady will redshirt this season after missing all of camp. Missouri continues to wait for incoming freshman safety Tavon Ross, who's also waiting for academic clearance. …

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