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.
Though Lupoi was not retained by Petersen, he was reassigned to other duties within the athletic department. Had the UW terminated his contract without cause prior to Jan. 13, the school would have owed him $700,000. Had the school terminated his contracted without cause after that date, it would have owed him $350,000.
The Los Angeles Times detailed in a report last month that Lupoi, who was the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator the past two seasons under former coach Steve Sarkisian, allegedly paid $4,500 to a middle man, Mike Davis, who was to use the money to help finance tutoring and online classes for former UW recruit Andrew Basham of Lynnwood. Lupoi denied wrongdoing to both the L.A. Times and the school.
He was thought to be a serious candidate to join Sarkisian’s new staff at USC, but the Times report quoted a source saying his chances of working there were “less than zero” because of the alleged violations. Incidentally, USC is searching for a new defensive line coach after recently-hired Bo Davis left for a job at Alabama.