Josh Shaw of the USC Trojans has admitted to completely fabricating the story of saving his nephew from drowning and has been suspended indefinitely by the University.
Head Coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement: "We are extremely disappointed in Josh, He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story."
Sarkisian continued: "I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him."
Shaw, a fifth year senior cornerback, had just been anointed the team's defensive captain and the leadership responsibility had been placed on his shoulders due to his character and value within the Trojan locker-room.
He has now been suspended from all team activities for the present time by head coach Sarkisian after fabricating the story of injuring his ankles saving his nephew.
Shaw had been named in a police report which initially brought up question marks surrounding his involvement in a family faction and the subsequent heroic act, the USC school had also said in the release that Shaw has retained a lawyer in the matter.
The school published the story of Shaw saving his seven-year-old nephew and he received many plaudits and was congratulated all round the internet for his bravery, but since USC have admitted to regretting releasing the original story.