Updates on Potential Recruiting Violation at Washington Involving Tosh Lupoi

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03:  Steve Sarkisian speaks at a press conference introducing him as the new USC  head football coach at the John McKay Center at the University of Southern California on December 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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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