NCAA won't punish Washington

Updated: February 4, 2014, 10:46 AM ET
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The NCAA has decided not to punish Washington or former defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi after investigating allegations that he broke NCAA rules by paying for a recruit's online classes and tutoring.

NCAA managing director of enforcement Tom Hosty told University of Washington president Michael Young in a letter obtained by The Seattle Times that "the enforcement staff does not believe that further action is warranted." However, Hosty continued in the letter, "if additional information is developed, the staff reserves the right to look further into these matters."

Lupoi, who was hired by then-Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian in 2012 but not retained this offseason by new coach Chris Petersen, responded to the NCAA's letter with a statement he posted Monday night on Twitter.

"I want to thank the NCAA and the UW for their professionalism and thoroughness during this investigation," Lupoi wrote. "I stated from the beginning that an honest and thorough investigation would clear my name, and prove these attacks against me were untrue. The results speak for themselves."

Sarkisian told ESPNLosAngeles.com in December that the allegations played a role in his not hiring Lupoi at USC.

The allegations against Lupoi involved former defensive line recruit Andrew Basham (Martha Lake, Wash./Lynnwood), who signed a letter of intent with Washington as a member of the class of 2012 but did not qualify academically to enroll in Seattle.

Mike Davis, a throwing coach who helped Basham win a state shot put title, 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.

ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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