Southern California administrators are examining the conflicting stories surrounding the injuries of cornerback Josh Shaw, whose heroic tale of rescue has been disputed.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian still wants to know the truth about Shaw's two high ankle sprains, but has turned over the investigation to school officials while he attempts to focus on his debut against Fresno State on Saturday.
"It's pretty clear there's quite a few conflicting stories out there," Sarkisian said while addressing a mob of national media that dwarfed the usual turnout for a Wednesday practice. "Any information that we've been provided up to this point, we've pushed along to campus authorities. We're really going to let it play out in their hands at this point, and quite honestly, we're in somewhat of a holding pattern."
Shaw told the school he sprained his ankles last weekend by jumping off a balcony onto concrete to rescue his 7-year-old nephew from drowning. Callers to the football program have disputed Shaw's version of events, and Sarkisian says USC is still trying to figure out what happened without distracting his team from its task this week.
"We haven't spent much time on it at all," Sarkisian said. "We've put in too much work in over the last nine months to let a few hours or two of social media or Internet reports distract us from being a great football team."
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