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Report: Washington DL coach Tosh Lupoi under investigation for possible academic violations

Steve Sarkisian's Washington team went 8-4 this season. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Steve Sarkisian says he did everything he could to make sure he followed NCAA rules. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Southern California and Washington are investigating whether Washington defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi violated NCAA rules by paying for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit, reports Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

It is against NCAA rules for universities pay for a recruit's academic services. Lupoi worked under former coach Steve Sarkisian at Washington. Sarkisian left Washington after five seasons to take the USC job earlier this month.

According to the report, the allegations involve the recruitment of Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman at Lynnwood High in Washington.

Mike Davis, a shotput throwing coach, told the newspaper that Lupoi gave him $3,000 to cover private tutoring for Basham through a test preparation company and received another $1,500 from Lupoi to reimburse Basham's father for online classes that the recruit could use to raise his grade-point average.

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Basham signed a letter of intent with Washington last February but did not qualify academically to enroll.

"When I was at Washington I did everything within my power to make sure we were 100% compliant in all NCAA and Pac-12 rules, and I'm going to operate the exact same way here at USC," Sarkisian said. "You do everything in your power to be proactive, to promote a compliant atmosphere.… I don't have the power to see everything, hear everything and know everything, but … I do take responsibility for that, to promote that atmosphere."

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Last Thursday, when a reporter approached Ron Basham at his shop, he said he charged the cost of the online course to another relative's credit card. Asked if Washington had reimbursed him for the cost, he said no. Asked if Davis had delivered $1,500 to reimburse him for the online tuition, he said, "No comment. I know nothing."

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