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January 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

UW to pay Tosh Lupoi $300,000 as part of mutual separation agreement

Former Washington defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Tosh Lupoi spent the past two seasons as UW’s defensive line coach. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Former Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi, under investigation by the NCAA for allegedly paying for a recruit’s tutoring last year, has agreed to a mutual separation with UW that will pay him $300,000 to leave the athletic department.

Lupoi was not retained as part of new coach Chris Petersen‘s Washington staff. Instead, UW announced on Dec. 30 that Lupoi had been “reassigned” within the department.

Had UW fired Lupoi “without cause,” the school would have owed him $350,000 under terms of his contract. UW would have had to pay Lupoi $700,000 if it had fired him without cause before Jan. 13.

Lupoi, a former player and assistant coach at California, joined Steve Sarkisian‘s UW staff as defensive line coach in January 2012, arriving with a reputation as one of the Pac-12’s top recruiters. His salary of $350,000 last year made him one of the conference’s 10 highest-paid assistant coaches.

Reached on his cell phone Wednesday, Lupoi declined comment.

Last month, a former Lynnwood High School assistant track and field coach, Mike Davis, told The Seattle Times that he was meeting with the NCAA to discuss his allegations that Lupoi paid $4,500 in cash for tutoring classes for former Lynnwood High School defensive lineman Andrew Basham. Davis has since been asked not speak to the media about the investigation.

Lupoi has denied the allegations.

Sources had told The Seattle Times in December that Lupoi was among the coaches Sarkisian had hoped to bring with him to USC after Sarkisian became the Trojans’ head coach. The Los Angeles Times reported last month that it was unlikely USC would hire Lupoi after the allegations surfaced. Sarkisian is currently looking for a defensive line coach to complete USC’s coaching staff.

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