The USC Trojans definitely could have used a veteran, physical cornerback against Arizona State wide receiver beast Jaelen Strong on Saturday.
Even though, Kevon Seymour and Adoree' Jackson played well at times against Strong, ASU's best playmaker still finished with 10 catches for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including the final Hail Mary pass to win the game for the Sun Devils.
How different that game would have been had USC had its best cornerback Josh Shaw? We'll never know.
We also still don't know if Shaw will ever wear a USC uniform again. After Wednesday's practice, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was asked about Shaw and a possible reinstatement:
"As of right now, I don't have anything new for you unfortunately," Sarkisian said. "I know Josh is trying to do everything in his power to make that happen, but really there's not even a decision to be made on our end at this point."
The indication is that any decision on Josh Shaw's suspension would have to come from the administration rather than the coaching staff, at this point. The OC Register's Michael Lev reached out to the LAPD for an update on its investigation of a potential burglary at the Orsini Apartments where Shaw was mentioned in a police report and is believed to have injured his ankles when jumping from a balcony. The LAPD told Lev the investigation was still ongoing, but there hadn't been an update by the detectives since September 22.
Would Steve Sarkisian and the USC coaching staff want Josh Shaw back? Well, see what Sarkisian had to say and judge for yourself:
"When you have a senior DB, you’d love to have him out there, especially in our conference where there are so many people throwing the ball. We haven’t even gotten to the meat of it yet. We still have Washington State and Cal to come, and these guys are unbelievable with what they are doing throwing the ball. We'd love for that to occur."