Rumblings out of Alabama are that former Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi could be the Tide’s next director of player personnel.
Lupoi, UW’s defensive line coach the past two seasons, was to join Steve Sarkisian‘s staff at USC in December until a local high school coach, when confronted by the Los Angeles Times, said that Lupoi had paid $4,500 for a UW recruit’s tutoring. Lupoi, through his Twitter account, denied the allegations.
The NCAA investigated the allegations for six weeks but did not penalize Lupoi or UW.
After Chris Petersen‘s hiring, UW reassigned Lupoi within the department. In January, Lupoi and UW agreed to a $300,000 “mutual separation” buyout of his contract, which ran through the 2014 season.
Lupoi left his alma mater, Cal, to join Sarkisian’s staff at UW in January 2012. He had a reputation as one of the Pac-12’s top recruiters, and his salary of $350,000 last year made him one of the conference’s 10 highest-paid assistant coaches.
The reporters are mostly Twitter chatter and message board fodder at this point, so we’ll continue to monitor any developments.
Is former Washington defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi coming to Alabama? The latest right here: http://t.co/pPqscIaiar
— Aaron Suttles (@AaronSuttles) March 28, 2014