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Washington's top recruiter Lupoi limited during spring for violation

Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi was taken off the road and “limited” during the spring evaluation period resulting from a self-reported, secondary violation, the school confirmed to CBS Thursday morning.

According to the school, the secondary violation occurred when Lupoi, widely considered one of the best recruiters in college football, publicized the visit of a prospective student-athlete who ultimately did not commit to UW by confirming information about the recruit to members of the Dawg Pack student section at a men's basketball game.

A school spokesman declined to go into specifics about just how long Lupoi was taken off the road for this spring but added that the coach's absence on the road was all related to this specific violation, and nothing further. Typically, assistant coaches spend almost the entire month of the evaluation period out on the road visiting schools.

Lupoi became Washington's defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator this past January after leaving Cal. In his time as an assistant with the Bears, Lupoi helped his alma mater land a host of blue-chip talent. In 2010, Lupoi was named the National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com.

Reportedly, Lupoi came to Washington for a guaranteed three years at $350,000 per year with a bonus of $100,000 and he's in line to collect another $100,000 if he stays at the school through the end of the three-year deal.


Bruce Feldman is a senior writer for CBSSports.com and college football commentator for CBS Sports Network. He is a New York Times Bestselling author, who has written books including Swing Your Sword, Meat Market and Cane Mutiny. Prior to joining CBS, Feldman spent 17 years at ESPN.
 
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