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No penalties for UW as NCAA closes Lupoi case

By Brent Stecker

The NCAA closed its investigation Monday of allegations former Washington assistant coach Tosh Lupoi paid for a recruit’s tutoring, and announced it will not penalize Lupoi or the Washington football program.

The Seattle Times’ Adam Jude reported that University of Washington President Michael Young was delivered a formal letter Monday from Tom Hosty, the NCAA’s Director of Enforcement, which stated that the NCAA has “completed the inquiry into those matters” and that “the enforcement staff does not believe that further action is warranted.”

The investigation of Lupoi and the school lasted six weeks. The school did not retain him as a part of new head coach Chris Petersen’s staff, and he has since parted ways with Washington in a mutual agreement that paid him $300,000.

He was brought on to the Huskies staff by former coach Steve Sarkisian as defensive line coach after the 2011 season, and was one of the Pac-12’s 10 highest-paid assistant coaches last season at $350,000.

The investigation of Lupoi was prompted in December after Mike Davis, a former Lynnwood High School assistant track and field coach, alleged that Lupoi paid $4,500 for former Lynnwood defensive lineman Andrew Basham, who signed with UW in February 2013 but wasn’t academically eligible, to take tutoring and online classes.

Lupoi denied helping Basham financially in a Dec. 19 tweet.