The 'why' remains prevalent in Josh Shaw case
AUG 28, 2014 8:43p ET
According to head coach Steve Sarkisian, they weren't "privy" to ask such a thing.
Shaw entered the USC athletics department Wednesday with his attorney. It was in the presence of his attorney, Donald Etra, when Shaw revealed he wasn't being truthful about saving his nephew from a pool, which resulted in two high-ankle sprains, Sarkisian recounts.
The aftermath has been one of the most bizarre weeks that even USC has ever seen. America was thirsty for a good story, and Shaw gave it to them. They devoured his story similar to what offensive linemen do every January at the Beef Bowl. Local and national news outlets, magazines and TV crews all showed up to Howard Jones Field Tuesday to tell this tale.
What they all learned was this story of heroism may have been one of fabrication. Wednesday, they found out there was no maybe involved. Shaw was untruthful.
Ask anyone and they'll tell you Shaw is an upstanding young man ... a high-character guy ... one of the more cerebral people they've come across. Despite how far south this has gone, it shouldn't take away from all of the aforementioned characteristics and the things he's done in the past.
Shaw once took a trip with USC teammates to Haiti to help build houses -- character counts. But this lack in judgment has overshadowed all the good Shaw has done in a Trojans uniform.
This lack of judgment could make it hard for Shaw to ever put on a USC uniform again.
Sarkisian says Shaw "potentially" could return.
But at this time, it doesn't seem so.
USC football, for better or worse, is going to garner national attention. They just didn't want it like this.