Shirley (Disciplined By Neuheisel) Takes His Ball & Runs To Washington

Josh Shirley, who was dismissed from the UCLA football team and denied admission to UCLA for the fall quarter for his alleged involvement in an on campus theft, has decided to take his ball, go home, and play for the University of Washington. This is according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. 

What had been rumored for a few weeks became official today as the Huskies have announced that linebacker/defensive end Josh Shirley (pictured right in a photo courtesy of the Riverside Press-Enterprise) will sign a financial aid agreement and join the team next month. Here is the official release from the school.

Shirley, along with Shaquille and Paul Richardson, was given the option by UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel to attend a community college for a semester to get his act together and prove he was worthy of wearing the Blue and Gold before requesting reinstatement to UCLA. 

This is how Pete Carroll protege and Washington coach Steve Sarkisian (rather predictably) spun the story:

"We are very aware of the circumstances surrounding Josh," said Sarkisian in a statement. "We have done our due diligence and truly feel that this is not indicative of his true character or the way that he was raised. We are excited about the opportunity Josh has to excel on the football field, in the classroom and in his personal life in our environment, around our people at the University of Washington."

It's obviously ironic that Husky fans who have been castigating Rick Neuheisel for his supposed leniency as a head coach when he was at Washington now have to accept the fact that their new coach takes players Rick Neuheisel has dismissed for inappropriate conduct.

(HT to LongTimeBru whose fan shot on the same subject went up while I was composing this fan post.)

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