SEATTLE – It was business as usual for the Washington Huskies football team on Thursday, even as the athletic department tends to some unusual business.
By now, the Los Angeles Times story of alleged recruiting violations committed by UW defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi has made headlines across the country. On Thursday, the story was still featured on the front page of ESPN.com, as Lupoi used his Twitter account to term the allegations “untrue attacks.”
Not exactly the kind of publicity UW was looking for as it prepares to face BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl before transitioning into the Chris Petersen era.
Whether Lupoi will be a part of the latter is more uncertain than ever. The Los Angeles Times reported that Lupoi paid $4,500 to help Andrew Basham, a former defensive line recruit, pay for tutoring and online classes to boost his grade-point average.
Mike Davis, who coached Basham on the Lynnwood High School track and field team, told the Times he acted as the middle man between Lupoi and Basham – who did not qualify academically to enroll at UW – and Davis provided the Times with a detailed description of how each alleged payment was made.
Davis did not return a phone call from the News Tribune seeking comment.
Washington has not made Lupoi available for comment.