Washington investigating alleged recruiting violations under Sarkisian
USC and Washington are investigating whether or not defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi violated NCAA rules when recruiting for the Huskies.
The University of Washington is looking into allegations that Tosh Lupoi, defensive line coach under former Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian, violated NCAA rules, the school confirmed to the Associated Press.
The Los Angeles Times first reported Wednesday night that USC and Washington were both investigating whether or not Lupoi payed for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit.
The allegations surround the recruitment of Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman at Lynnwood High in Washington, who signed a letter of intent with the Huskies last February but did not qualify academically to enroll.
Mike Davis, a throwing coach who helped Basham win a state shotput title, told The Times that Tosh Lupoi, Washington's defensive line coach, gave him $3,000 to cover private tutoring for Basham through a test preparation company. Davis said he also received $1,500 from Lupoi to reimburse Basham's father for online classes Andrew could use to raise his grade-point average.
According to the report, USC has contacted Davis, the throwing coach, as well as current Steve Sarkisian and determined that the new Trojans' coach had no knowledge of the alleged activity.
"We don't have concerns about Steve's involvement," David Roberts, USC's vice president for athletic compliance, told the Los Angeles Times.
Lupoi released a statement of his own via Twitter on Thursday afternoon.
"Husky Nation, thank you for your amazing support," said Lupoi. "I love this university and appreciate the great fans. I won't let these sorts of untrue attacks break my focus! I look forward to an honest and thorough investigation. It hurts to read these sorts of things, despite their suspicious motives, but I have faith in the process."
Lupoi was initially considered a candidate to follow Sarkisian from Washington to USC, but these latest allegations complicate the matter.
This is not the first run-in with the NCAA for Lupoi, considered one of the nation's best recruiters. CBS Sports first reported in May 2012 that Lupoi was taken off the road during the spring evaluation period because of a self-reported, secondary violation.
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