Washington Huskies defensive line assistant football coach Tosh Lupoi is being investigated for potential violations of NCAA rules. YouWager experts learned he allegedly paid for tutoring and online classes for a recruit.
According to a reliable source, the Huskies as well as USC are looking into the allegations against Lupoi, who is in his second year as the team’s defensive line coach. Lupoi was hired in 2012 by Steve Sarkisian, who was Washington’s head coach at the time of the potential violations. Sarkisian left the Huskies for the head job for the Trojans earlier in December.
The allegations against Lupoi involve former Huskies defensive line recruit Andrew Basham (Martha Lake, Wash./Lynnwood), who signed a letter of intent with Washington as a member of the class of 2012 however didn’t qualify academically to enroll.
Mike Davis, a throwing coach who helped Basham win a state shot put title in track and field, has said that Lupoi gave him $3,000 for private tutoring for Basham and $1,500 to reimburse Basham’s father for online classes.
In recent years, Lupoi has built a reputation as a top recruiter and had been rumored as a possible candidate to join Sarkisian and the Trojans.
Three former Huskies assistant coaches — Johnny Nansen, Peter Sirmon and Keith Heyward — are already on USC’s staff, and both Lupoi and Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox were mentioned as others who could follow.
Sarkisian listed Lupoi as a possible candidate with the Trojans compliance office, and Roberts said that all proposed candidates were vetted.
At the present time, Lupoi and Washington are preparing for the Fight Hunger Bowl versus the BYU Cougars in San Francisco on Dec. 27. Chris Peterson was named the Huskies’ new head coach earlier this month.