Still so many questions and so many unknowns after allegations surfaced Wednesday night that Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi paid $4,500 for a Lynnwood recruit’s tutoring and online classes, as first reported by the Los Angeles Times. We’re working through the questions and the potential fallout, and we’ll host a live chat here at noon today to try to answer some of that as best we can.
An NCAA spokesperson had no comment on the investigation this morning.
Marques Tuiasosopo, UW’s interim coach, is scheduled to meet with the media after practice this morning, his final availability before the team departs Sunday for San Francisco and the Fight Hunger Bowl.
In the meantime, here is a look at NCAA Bylaw 13.15.1, as noted by John Infante of the Bylaw Blog:
— 13.15.1 Prohibited Expenses. An institution or a representative of its athletics interests shall not offer, provide or arrange financial assistance, directly or indirectly, to pay (in whole or in part) the costs of the prospects student-athlete’s educational or other expenses for any period prior to his or her enrollment or so the prospective student-athlete can obtain a postgraduate education. [R] (Revised: 8/5/04)
—- 188.8.131.52 Extent of Prohibition. The provisions of Bylaw 13.15.1 apply to all prospective student-athletes, including those who have signed a National Letter of Intent or an institutional offer of admission or financial aid.
One other tidbit:
One paragraph in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by new UW coach Chris Petersen and athletic director Scott Woodward on Dec. 6 reads:
“In connection with making this offer, the University represents to you that there is no pending or threatened investigation by the NCAA or Pac-12 Conference of major violations alleged to have arisen out of the conduct of its Football Program, nor does it have knowledge or reasonable belief of conduct involving the Football Program that violation such legislation. We acknowledge that your acceptance of this offer is in reliance on this representation.”
That would seem to confirm the account of Mike Davis, who told The Seattle Times on Wednesday night that he had reported the alleged violations to the NCAA late last week. Davis was a Lynnwood High track and field coach who assisted recruit Andrew Basham.
Petersen, by the way, was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, but the investigation was not mentioned. I’ll post a podcast when it becomes available. In the meantime, here’s a summary.