Just a few months ago, Washington Huskies defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi was considered a rising star in the coaching world and one of the best recruiters in the country. Now he’s officially out of a job.
On Wednesday, Washington and Lupoi came to an agreement to mutually part ways, with the Huskies essentially paying him $300,000 to go away.
Lupoi is currently embroiled in controversy after the Los Angeles Times reported he had paid for a football recruit’s online classes and tutoring. Lupoi denies all of the allegations but he is currently toxic until the NCAA clears him or he serves any punishment the organization issues.
Lupoi just finished his second season at Washington after four years at his alma mater, Cal. He was named the 2010 Rivals Recruiter of the Year and was thought to be an integral part of former head coach Steve Sarkisian’s staff. But when Sarkisian left to take the USC job, Lupoi was not brought along. Our sources at USC have told us Sarkisian wasn’t particularly high on Lupoi’s abilities as a position coach, but obviously liked him as a recruiter. Even if the scandal hadn’t come to light, there is a good chance Lupoi wouldn’t have landed at USC with Sarkisian’s new staff.
After the allegations surfaced, Washington announced that Lupoi would be reassigned within the athletic department but didn’t provide details on what his specific role would be.
He is a young, energetic coach and a heck of a recruiter, so if Lupoi gets cleared by the NCAA you can bet someone will hire him. But for now Washington is doing the smart thing by severing ties with a guy the NCAA is looking into.
New head coach Chris Petersen couldn’t start off his tenure with a guy in Lupoi’s situation hanging around the program.