NCAA done with Lupoi probe

Staff writerFebruary 4, 2014 

With a brief, formal letter, the NCAA informed the University of Washington on Monday that it has completed its investigation into allegations of misconduct by former assistant football coach Tosh Lupoi, and it has determined that further action is not necessary.

Tom Hosty, the NCAA’s director of enforcement, wrote in a letter to the UW president Michael Young that “the enforcement staff does not believe that further action is warranted.”

Hosty added, though, that “if additional information is developed, the staff reserves the right to look further into these matters.”

Lupoi was the subject of an investigation after the Los Angeles Times reported in mid-December that he made $4,500 in cash payments to Mike Davis, a former assistant track coach at Lynnwood High School, to help pay for tutoring and online classes for former UW recruit Andrew Basham.

Basham signed as part of the UW’s 2013 recruiting class, but did not qualify academically.

In a statement issued on Twitter shortly after the report was published, Lupoi denied wrongdoing as the school and the NCAA investigated. It was originally thought that he would join former UW coach Steve Sarkisian as part of Sarkisian’s new staff at USC, but the investigation apparently nixed that possibility.

Lupoi took to Twitter again Monday to release a statement about the conclusion of the investigation, writing: “I want to thank the NCAA and the UW for their professionalism and thoroughness during this investigation. I stated from the beginning that an honest and thorough investigation would clear my name and prove these attacks against me were untrue. The results speak for themselves.”

Lupoi, who coached at the UW the past two seasons under Sarkisian, was not retained on the staff of new coach Chris Petersen. Instead, Lupoi and the UW agreed to a mutual separation agreement that included a $300,000 payment to Lupoi.

He has not yet found other employment, though the separation agreement does not restrict his options. Considered one of the nation’s top recruiters, Lupoi came to the UW after spending four seasons as defensive line coach at California, where he played from 2000-05.


Kaleb McGary, named one of five News Tribune “Northwest Nuggets” as the region’s top lineman, gave his oral commitment Monday to play football at the University of Washington.

The 6-foot-8, 285-pound Fife High School standout chose the Huskies over Washington State and Wisconsin.

The two-way, all-2A South Puget Sound League performer had been slated to announce his decision on signing day Wednesday, but said he woke up Monday with a different plan in mind.

His thoughts kept going back to the UW, which he said he was taking “a safe chance” on despite not knowing new Huskies coach Chris Petersen and his staff as well as others who had recruited him longer. The more McGary heard about Petersen, the more he liked, he said — especially his overall integrity.

McGary had more than a dozen scholarship offers from big-time NCAA Division I programs, including Arizona State, California, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Wisconsin and WSU. Staff writer Todd Milles contributed to this report.

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