This isn't the way Steve Sarkisian wanted to start his USC coaching career. A member of his staff at Washington is under investigation for a possible violation of NCAA rules, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times:
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.
Updates from Monday, Feb. 3
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times has the latest on Tosh Lupoi:
The NCAA has formally closed its investigation of former UW assistant Tosh Lupoi. No penalties handed to Lupoi or UW: http://t.co/HBOJzSbqu0— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) February 3, 2014