NCAA Will Not Penalize Washington Football Program After Closing Tosh Lupoi Case

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 3, 2014

USA Today

The NCAA's investigation into alleged recruiting violations committed by former Washington Huskies assistant coach Tosh Lupoi failed to unearth any evidence to warrant penalizing him or the program.   

Adam Jude of The Seattle Times reported Monday that neither Lupoi nor the university will be disciplined. Lupoi was under investigation for six weeks for allegations that he paid a $4,500 tutoring fee for Huskies defensive-lineman recruit Andrew Basham.

Also contained in the report was a letter NCAA director of enforcement Tom Hosty sent to Washington president Michael Young, in which Hosty stated that "if additional information is developed, the [enforcement] staff reserves the right to look further into these matters."

It would have been tough for Lupoi or the program to be hit with any sort of sanction, because Lupoi is no longer on the staff headlined by new head coach Chris Petersen.

The former Boise State boss would not have wanted to see his tenure at UW begin while facing the consequences of a recruiting violation after he spent years building a powerhouse Broncos program without any issues. Now, Washington can set its sights on the 2014 season.

Lupoi was originally going to stay with the athletic department in some capacity, but Washington agreed to pay him $300,000 to leave the school entirely as part of a mutual separation settlement.

That doesn't look like the most tasteful move in light of Monday's news, especially since Lupoi's last post on Twitter from Dec. 19 denied any wrongdoing:

Although the NCAA did say it would look into the matter further if any other information came to light, it does seem as though Lupoi's denial of the allegations holds some serious weight.

Now that this saga is behind him, Lupoi can focus on the future. Lars Hanson of 247Sports pointed out a key stipulation in the mutual separation agreement, which gives the fiery assistant freedom to go anywhere he pleases:

Former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian took the same position at USC, so perhaps something lies within the Pac-12 for Lupoi. If not, there should be other programs seeking to hire him since his exoneration, especially since he was considered one of the conference's top recruiters, per Jude.

Lupoi served as Washington's defensive line coach and defensive run-game coordinator beginning in January 2012, and the Huskies finished 60th in the nation in rush defense this past season.