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USC Cornerback's Feelgood Story Takes A Contradicting Turn

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Palmdale, CA - In just hours, the feel good story of how USC football player Josh Shaw heroically saved his nephew from possibly drowning had made it's way around the world.

But as quickly as the news spread, something else happened.

The phones at USC began to ring and on the other end were people telling a different story.

"We've gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred Saturday night", said coach Steve Sarkisian after team practice this morning. 

"We're going to continue to vet it. We're looking at it but beyond that I only know what I know and Josh is adamant with what occurred."

Shaw, a fifth year senior cornerback and team captain, is now sidelined after suffering a high ankle sprain to both ankles after he said he jumped from a second floor balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew.

The boy, who Shaw says doesn't know how to swim, appeared to be in distress in a swimming pool.

The impact of his jump onto concrete was so hard on the 200 pound, 22 year old his ankles gave out immediately and he fell to the floor but he says he just kept on going. Crawling to the pool, jumping in and saving his nephew.

All of this reportedly happening at a family party in Palmdale this past weekend.

And while school officials say they had no reason to doubt Shaw's story, in light of the phone calls they've received,  they must now check on its validity.

"I think it's important to know your team", said Sarkisian. "I think it's important to know your players. Like I said Josh Shaw has been a good leader for us. He's given me no reason not to believe what he has told us that occurred and so, but you need to know. I think it's important to know."

High ankle sprains normally require a recovery period of 6 to 8 weeks, along with physical therapy so regardless of what happened this weekend, Shaw will not be playing this Saturday.

Sarkisian wouldn't elaborate on what the callers said or how the investigation will proceed.

In other words, we'll know when we know.

As for Shaw's story, off camera many told me they hope it's true.

In a world of bad news and badly behaving celebrities and athletes, a feel-good-selfless kind of a story is always welcomed.
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