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February 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

NCAA formally closes Tosh Lupoi case; no penalties handed down

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

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

The NCAA will not penalize the University of Washington football program or former UW assistant coach Tosh Lupoi after the governing body’s six-week investigation into allegations that Lupoi had paid for a UW recruit’s tutoring.

Tom Hosty, the NCAA’s Director of Enforcement, notified University of Washington President Michael Young in a formal letter delivered today that the NCAA has “now completed the inquiry into those matters” and that “the enforcement staff does not believe that further action is warranted” in the investigation.

“However,” the letter continued, “if additional information is developed, the staff reserves the right to look further into these matters.”

Lupoi was not retained as part of new UW coach Chris Petersen’s staff.

Last month, UW and Lupoi agreed to a mutual separation that paid the assistant coach $300,000.

In December, a former Lynnwood High School assistant track and field coach, Mike Davis, alleged that Lupoi paid $4,500 in cash for tutoring services and online classes for former Lynnwood High School defensive lineman Andrew Basham.

Basham had signed with UW in February 2013 but did not qualify academically.

Davis and his wife met with a UW official and two NCAA investigators for a combined five hours in Seattle on Dec. 20, two days after the allegations first surfaced in a Los Angeles Times report.

Lupoi denied the allegations via Twitter, calling them “untrue attacks.”

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.

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