Current Washington defensive line coach and potential target to join Steve Sarkisian’s staff at USC, Tosh Lupoi is under investigation for violating NCAA recruiting rules, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.
The LA Times report says that Lupoi paid for private tutoring and online classes for Washington defensive line recruit Andrew Basham.
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.
Basham ultimately signed for the Huskies but was not academically eligible to join the program.
Lupoi, who is considered one of the nation’s top recruiters, was reportedly set to join Sarkisian’s staff in Los Angeles the week he was hired. However, rumors cropped up that USC’s compliance department was blocking the hire.
With USC currently under NCAA sanctions, athletic director Pat Haden has made compliance a priority, increasing staff in the compliance department exponentially. Red flags in Lupoi’s past would be as good a reason as any to steer clear.
In fact, according to the report, that is exactly what USC plans to do.
A USC person with knowledge of the process said Lupoi’s chance of being hired by USC was now “less than zero.” The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation and requested anonymity.
USC also insisted in the report that they were confident Sarkisian was unaware of the alleged violations.