Charles Davis: ‘Going To Hurt In Many Different Ways’

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Josh Shaw (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Josh Shaw (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Charles Davis will be calling No. 15 USC’s season-opener against Fresno State on Saturday night, and he’ll probably spend a little time talking about a player who isn’t on the field.

That will be Josh Shaw, who a) has two high ankle sprains, b) lied about how he got those two high ankle sprains and c) has been suspended indefinitely.

This isn’t exactly the way USC wanted to start its season, especially since the program is finally off probation and has a fresh start with head coach Steve Sarkisian. Yes, the Trojans are looking for as much positive publicity as possible – and Shaw’s lies don’t do them any favors.

“It felt like from the moment Josh called in and said ‘Hey, here’s what went down,’ it was 35 seconds later (and) a press release went out,” Davis, the NFL Network and FOX Sports analyst, said on The John Feinstein Show. “It was like ‘Oh, well thanks, Josh. Great.’ Wham. Press release.”

“It’s real easy to do revisionist history, but it’s funny because when (the story) came out, a person that I work with very closely called me and said, ‘This story is sketchy.’ Now, I hadn’t thought about it one way or the other. I was just kind of read it and (moved on).”

But the more Davis thought about it, the sketchier it seemed – even though Shaw, who addressed USC’s student body at gradation, is “an esteemed character on campus.”

“This is going to hurt in so many different ways,” Davis said. “You make decisions in the heat of the moment. Listen, I live in a glass house like most people, so I’m not going to throw a whole lot of stones, but the bottom line is, when you make decisions, there are consequences – and Josh Shaw is going to feel them in a big way.”

At this point, can Sarkisian even bring Shaw back to the Trojans?

“That’s where things are going to get a little dicey for them,” Davis said. “Suspended indefinitely gives them a chance to breathe and go for a while. Plus, two high ankle sprains give them even more time to breathe on this thing – and they will do a lot of heavy discussion underneath about what to do about it. Because you can go all in and say, ‘You know something, Josh? This is not the way (we) want to run our program. We know you’re a good kid who made a bad decision, but guess what? You’re not coming back, and that’s a way of really establishing your deal.”

“The other (option) – which a lot of coaches do – is you (give) the punishment, (you) bring him back and give him the second chance because he has a body of work that says that things have been very good for him and he made a horrible mistake. (You don’t) punitively punish him.”

“But I’m not sure that the two high ankle sprains won’t take care of business anyway. A cornerback with two high ankle sprains may never be right for the season.”

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