The NCAA informed the University of Washington today that it has completed its investigation into allegations of potential violations committed by former assistant coach Tosh Lupoi, and has determined that further action is not necessary.
Lupoi was under investigation after the Los Angeles Times reported in December that a man named Mike Davis, a former assistant track coach at Lynnwood High, said he received $4,500 in cash payments from Lupoi to be used toward tutoring costs for former recruit Andrew Basham. Read more »
Nothing new in here that you’re not already aware of, but since the school released the official document today, I figured I might as well just pass it along for those curious about what these kind of things entail.
UW confirmed earlier this month that former defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi reached a mutual separation agreement with UW that will pay him $300,000. According to the agreement, his employment at the school officially ended on Jan. 17.
Perhaps of most interest — though still not surprising in any way — is the No. 4 item under “Agreements,” which dictates that both UW and Lupoi will cooperate with any Pac-12 or NCAA investigations, and that “both parties acknowledge that the University has an obligation as a public institution and a member of the NCAA and the Pac-12 conference to investigate allegations of wrongdoing and to report the results of such investigations to the appropriate authorities, and this release shall not be interpreted in any way that interferes with that right.” Read more »
Former Washington defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi, who was not retained by new coach Chris Petersen and is being investigated by UW and, reportedly, the NCAA for alleged recruiting violations, will be paid $300,000 by the school as part of a “mutual separation agreement.”
It doesn’t sound as if there are any strings attached, though official documentation has not been released by the school.
A UW spokesperson confirmed that the school’s investigation into Lupoi’s potential recruiting violations is still ongoing. Neither the Pac-12 or NCAA will comment publicly about potential or ongoing investigations. Read more »
— Budda Baker, the star defensive back/athlete from Bellevue, announced on Twitter yesterday that he plans to play for Oregon next season. Add his name alongside Josh Garnett and Myles Jack (and a few others) as local players the Huskies wanted badly but didn’t get (assuming Baker does, indeed, sign with Oregon).
You wouldn’t have known by talking to Washington interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo yesterday that one of his assistant coaches — OK, one of Steve Sarkisian’s assistant coaches — Tosh Lupoi, is under investigation by the school for an alleged recruiting violation.
Tuiasosopo didn’t have much to say about it — and as the interim coach, I’m not sure why he would — and didn’t seem concerned with anything other than preparing for UW’s bowl game. That much was expected.
Everyone else seems to be talking about it, though. We’ll link our story updating that situation once it appears online. Mike Davis, the alleged middle-man quoted extensively in the original Los Angeles Times story, did not return a phone call seeking comment. UW also offered no further comment on the matter.
Washington defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi released a statement on his Twitter account Thursday, addressing (sort of) allegations that he committed an NCAA violation during the recruitment of Andrew Basham.
Here’s his tweet, with the statement included: Read more »