USC cornerback Josh Shaw will play Saturday vs. UCLA after reinstatement

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USC DB Josh Shaw reinstated, could play against UCLA
Friday November 21st, 2014

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said Thursday that cornerback Josh Shaw will play in Saturday's game against UCLA, according to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Sarkisian didn't elaborate on Shaw's playing time, saying only that Shaw will "have some role in the game."

Shaw was reinstated to the team on Tuesday after being suspended for making up a story about how he saved his nephew from drowning.

After the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced Monday it wouldn't charge Shaw for the incident, USC decided that missing the first 10 games of the season was sufficient punishment for Shaw.

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Sarkisian had said earlier in the week that he wasn't sure if Shaw would play Saturday.

Shaw was initially lauded as a hero after he claimed that he sprained both his ankles when he jumped from a balcony to save his nephew.

It was soon determined that Shaw was lying, and he admitted last week that he jumped from his balcony when he heard police nearby following an argument with his girlfriend, leading to police opening a domestic violence probe. Shaw said he panicked when he realized he was injured and wanted to come up with a better story to explain what happened.

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A senior, Shaw was named a captain before the season, a status which was stripped after it was determined his story was false. He's started 21 games in his career and was named honorable mention All-Pac-12 last season.

USC is 7-3 entering Saturday's game while UCLA is 8-2.

Ben Estes



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