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Washington Huskies assistant football coach Tosh Lupoi is being investigated for potential violations of NCAA rules after he allegedly paid for tutoring and online classes for a recruit, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday night.
The Times said on its website that Washington and USC are looking into the allegations against Lupoi, who is in his second year as the Huskies' defensive line coach. He was hired in 2012 by Steve Sarkisian, who was Washington's coach at the time of the allegations. Sarkisian left the Huskies for the head job at USC earlier this month.
The University of Washington confirmed to The Associated Press the investigation.
According to the Times, the allegations against Lupoi involve former Huskies defensive line recruit Andrew Basham, (Martha Lake, Wa./Lynnwood), who signed a letter of intent with Washington as a member of the class of 2012 but did not qualify academically to enroll.
Mike Davis, a throwing coach who helped Basham win a state shot put title in track and field, told the Times that Lupoi gave him $3,000 for private tutoring for Basham and $1,500 to reimburse Basham's father for online classes.
David Roberts, USC's vice president for athletic compliance, told the the newspaper that he spoke with Davis and Sarkisian about the alleged activity and that "we don't have any concerns about Steve's involvement."
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