Here is our updated story on allegations that Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi committed NCAA recruiting violations. And here’s a helpful link to what looms for UW, and for USC, under the NCAA bylaw.
Our story for Friday’s paper:
A University of Washington athletic department spokesman confirmed that the UW, along with USC, is investigating an alleged NCAA recruiting violation committed this year by an assistant football coach on Steve Sarkisian’s UW staff.
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday evening that Tosh Lupoi, UW’s defensive line coach, allegedly paid $4,500 in cash for private tutoring and online classes for a Lynnwood High School player. Lupoi, in a text message to the Los Angeles Times, denied any wrongdoing.
The report says the allegations surround the recruitment of Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman at Lynnwood High School, who signed a letter of intent with the Huskies last February but did not qualify academically to enroll.
Basham was also a standout track and field athlete, winning a state shot put title. His throws coach at Lynnwood High was Mike Davis, who told The Seattle Times on Wednesday night that he contacted the NCAA last week about Lupoi’s alleged payments.
Davis said he had received the cash payments from Lupoi on two occasions, first in February and then in May at the UW football offices. He verified the payments to the L.A. Times with bank records.
Davis said Wednesday night that he plans to bring those documents to a scheduled meeting with the NCAA, UW and USC on Friday at the UW campus.
Davis said he wasn’t the whistle blower that tipped off the L.A. Times about the alleged recruiting violations, and he doesn’t know who was. But when contacted by the newspaper, Davis said: “I just couldn’t lie about it. Who am I if I lie about it, you know what I’m saying? I just felt like I had to tell the truth. … It’s like I’ve been run over by the bus, and I’m just trying to be honest with the whole thing.”
Lupoi, 32, joined Sarkisian’s UW staff in 2012 after spending the previous four years at California, his alma mater, where he built a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the Pac-12 Conference. Washington wooed him away from Cal by making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the Pac-12, earning about $350,000 annually.
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