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USC football's fresh start quickly meets with controversy, distraction
USC football's fresh start quickly meets with controversy, distraction

This was supposed to be a back-to-the-business-of-football season for USC. NCAA penalties were in the past. Unpredictable Lane Kiffin was out as coach. Steve Sarkisian was ready to make his debut at the controls of a new-look, nationally ranked team. Yet, as USC prepares for Saturday's opener against Fresno State at the Coliseum, the talk has been about anything but football. The hot topic has been the off-field shenanigans of a senior cornerback who won't be playing, a furor interrupted briefly Thursday by a ruckus prompted by a player who is no longer on the team. After practice, Sarkisian was again bombarded with questions about Josh Shaw's fabricated story of...

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