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Suspended cornerback Josh Shaw featured on USC-Cal program cover

Suspended cornerback Josh Shaw featured on USC-Cal program cover
USC linebacker Hayes Pullard, left, and suspended cornerback Josh Shaw are featured on the cover of the USC-Cal game program. (Lindsey Thiry / Los Angeles Times)

USC cornerback Josh Shaw, who was suspended indefinitely before the season, was a presence at Thursday night’s game against California at the Coliseum.

Shaw's photo appeared on the cover of the game program.

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The programs, which also feature linebacker Hayes Pullard on the cover, were printed before the season, a USC official said. Shaw's image also was on the ticket for the Oct. 18 Colorado game.

USC officials declined to comment when asked their reaction to Shaw's comments in a story by The Times' Bill Plaschke that appeared in Thursday's editions of the Times and online.

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Shaw was suspended the week of the opener against Fresno State for fabricating a story about how he suffered ankle injuries. In a story that appeared on USC's website, Shaw said he suffered high ankle sprains when he leaped from a balcony to save a young relative who was in distress in a swimming pool.

The story was picked up by media outlets, including The Times.

The next day, USC received phone calls from people questioning the veracity of Shaw's story. Shaw admitted a few days later that he made up the story.

Shaw told Plaschke that he jumped from a balcony of a downtown apartment complex after he saw that police had arrived to investigate an argument he had with his girlfriend. He said there was no domestic violence.

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The Los Angeles Police Dept. has been investigating the case.

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Athletic Director Pat Haden said Thursday that once the police report is completed, the university's process is to conduct its own investigation.

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