Christopher Smith

No NCAA Penalties For Washington

Feb 03, 2014 10:48 PM EST

The NCAA will not penalize Washington or former assistant Tosh Lupoi, the Seattle Times reported Monday.

The organization investigated an allegation first reported by the Los Angeles Times that Lupoi, a defensive line coach and key recruiter under Steve Sarkisian, paid for academic help for a UW recruit.

From the Times story:

In December, a former Lynnwood High School assistant track and field coach, Mike Davis, alleged that Lupoi paid $4,500 in cash for tutoring services and online classes for former Lynnwood High School defensive lineman Andrew Basham.

Basham had signed with UW in February 2013 but did not qualify academically.

Davis and his wife met with a UW official and two NCAA investigators for a combined five hours in Seattle on Dec. 20, two days after the allegations first surfaced in a Los Angeles Times report.

Lupoi denied the allegations via Twitter, calling them “untrue attacks.”

If Lupoi indeed is innocent of any wrongdoing, it's unfortunate for him as it appeared Sarkisian was prepared to add him to the USC staff before the allegations surfaced. One of the Pac-12's best recruiters, Lupoi hasn't been able to find a job with the specter of NCAA punishment hovering over his career.

Meanwhile, the Chris Petersen era will begin in Washington without any lost scholarships or punishments (other than having to face Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Arizona State).