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NCAAF roundup: Josh Shaw plot thickens

Southern Cal starting cornerback Josh Shaw is out for the season opener Saturday, but the cause of his two high ankle sprains is under heightened scrutiny as the university determines whether he was playing hero or villain when he was injured.

Multiple reports cite police sources that a man named Josh Shaw was named in a break-in a few miles from the USC campus. The Los Angeles Police Department said no one has been officially named as a suspect as of Wednesday morning.

"We are going to move on to football now," coach Steve Sarkisian said after Wednesday's practice, when he fielded a barrage of questions related to Shaw.

Shaw, a team captain, said he suffered two high ankle sprains while jumping from a second-story balcony onto concrete to rescue his 7-year-old nephew, who was in distress in a pool. Shaw's nephew cannot swim.

"I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew," Shaw said on USC's athletics website. "My ankles really hurt, but I am lucky to be surrounded by the best trainers and doctors in the world. I am taking my rehab one day at a time, and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible."

---Longtime Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer will be around a little longer after receiving a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season.

The 67-year-old Beamer is starting his 28th season with the Hokies on Saturday when they face William & Mary. His record at the school is 266-132-4 and includes four seven conference titles.

He is the winningest active coach in FBS, and the win total is a school record.

---South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said sophomore linebacker Skai Moore will not start Thursday night's season-opening game against Texas A&M.

Moore, 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, led the Gamecocks in tackles and interceptions as a true freshman in 2013, and is the No. 16 rated sophomore outside linebacker in the nation by NFLDraftScout.com.

The discipline appeared to stem from Moore failing to show up for treatment after injuring his shoulder during practice.

---The University of North Carolina is investigating a training camp incident between football players that escalated from an alleged hazing into a group assault of a teammate, according to a Yahoo Sports report.

"We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month. We take this allegation seriously and the University is conducting a thorough review," Kevin Best, North Carolina's assistant athletic director for communications, said in a statement to Yahoo Sports.

According to the report, during the first week of August, freshman wide receiver Jackson Boyer was involved in a physical altercation with multiple teammates in his hotel that left the redshirt walk-on concussed.

The alleged assailants have yet to be identified in the ongoing investigation.

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