Brennan: USC false hero story a fitting start to this college football season

It is fitting that a made-up story about a Southern California football team captain jumping from a second-floor balcony to rescue his drowning 7-year-old nephew is kicking off the 2014 college football season.

I have the feeling its going to be that kind of a year.

Jameis Winston is back. Johnny Manziel is not. Braxton Miller wanted to be but couldnt. The SEC is reloading after being denied a national title following a run of seven in a row. The Big Ten now stretches from the Atlantic Ocean almost to the foothills of the Rockies. Oh, and theres going to be an honest-to-goodness college football playoff, which will be cloaked in mystery and might settle almost nothing.

USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw is no Manti Teo on the mythology meter, at least not yet, but he and his rescue story have become quite a distraction as the schools season opener with Fresno State approaches.

For that, USC in part has itself to blame. A number of athletic department officials expressed skepticism after talking to Shaw about his alleged leap of heroism last Saturday, yet they inexplicably went ahead and issued a news release on Monday trumpeting his tale.

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