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Washington looking into recruiting allegations

"Harry," the Washington Huskies mascot runs on the field with a giant flag as Washington football players come out of the tunnel for an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Seattle. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Washington looking into recruiting allegations

SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday night that it is looking into recruiting allegations against an assistant football following a report in the Los Angeles Times.

The Times said Wednesday on its website that Washington and Southern California, which recently hired head coach Steve Sarkisian away from Washington, are investigating whether Huskies defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi violated NCAA rules by paying for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit.

The newspaper said the allegations involve Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman and shot putter at Lynnwood High School in Washington. Basham signed a letter of intent with Washington in February, but didn’t qualify academically to enroll at the university.

The Times reported that Mike Davis, a throwing coach who helped Basham win a state shot put title, said Lupoi gave him $3,000 for private tutoring for Basham and $1,500 to reimburse Basham’s father for online classes.

Lupoi has spent two seasons at Washington after four years at California.

 

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