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Report: Tide likely to add Tosh Lupoi to football staff

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Left jobless because of an NCAA investigation, it appears Tosh Lupoi is set to restart his football career at the opposite side of the country… and off the sidelines.

Citing multiple unnamed sources,‘s Jeremy Fowler reported overnight that Lupoi is expected to be hired by Alabama as a football staff member. hinted that Lupoi could move into the role of assistant director of player personnel.

This past December, it was reported that Lupoi, the defensive line coach under Steve Sarkisian at Washington, gave $4,500 in impermissible benefits to defensive lineman Andrew Basham, who signed with the Huskies last February but failed to qualify academically.  Lupoi, who was under consideration for a job on Sarkisian’s new staff at USC, subsequently and very vehemently denied the allegations.  Because of the NCAA investigation into the allegations, Lupoi did not reunite with Sarkisian at USC.

In mid-January, it was reported that Lupoi and the football program had reached an agreement on a separation deal as he was not retained by new Huskies head coach Chris Petersen.

The NCAA completed its probe into the issue in early February, announcing that no sanctions would be meted out against either Lupoi or the UW football program.

Lupoi spent six seasons as a defensive line coach at Cal (2006-11) — he was named‘s Recruiter of the Year in 2010 — before leaving for the Huskies in January of 2012.  Shortly after joining the staff at UW, Lupoi was found to have committed a minor NCAA violation unrelated to the other incident, resulting in his being “limited” during the spring evaluation period for recruits.

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16 Responses to “Report: Tide likely to add Tosh Lupoi to football staff”
  1. addict2sport says: Mar 31, 2014 10:38 AM

    The trio of this cat along with Saban and Kiff will be lethal on the recruiting trail. And an eyelash away from violations. Will be fun to follow.

  2. cubano76 says: Mar 31, 2014 10:51 AM

    Oh, that’s going to end well.

  3. shaunodame says: Mar 31, 2014 10:56 AM

    Guys a crack recruiter. Also kind of a sleaze. Should fit perfectly lol

  4. normtide says: Mar 31, 2014 10:58 AM

    That’s Saban’s method, hire great recruiters. I’m still surprised Oregeron didn’t make his way into the staff. He still might. Style of play is overrated in some instances. Having the most talent usually results in more wins.

  5. addict2sport says: Mar 31, 2014 11:09 AM

    I thought Coach O would be on Bama’s staff by now too.

  6. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 31, 2014 11:22 AM

    Paying players no wonder he is a top recruiter, looks like a perfect fit for the SEC!

  7. rolltide510 says: Mar 31, 2014 11:22 AM

    At this stage of his career and following his success running USC as interim HC I’d wager Orgeron is holding out for a head coaching job in the next cycle.

    Either that or Saban rejected his demand to have his salary paid completely in crawfish.

  8. seanb20124 says: Mar 31, 2014 11:23 AM

    And the rich get richer

  9. rolltide510 says: Mar 31, 2014 11:23 AM

    And yes, standard disclaimer about how Tosh is shady and will fit in well with the rest of Bama’s shady recruiters and the SEC doesn’t play a tough enough out of conference schedule and this makes people cry, etc etc.

  10. 11inthebox says: Mar 31, 2014 11:34 AM

    normtide says:
    That’s Saban’s method, hire great recruiters. ……Style of play is overrated in some instances. Having the most talent usually results in more wins.
    Probably the most truthful statement ever posted by a commenter on this site.

  11. noaxetogrind says: Mar 31, 2014 1:50 PM

    Just for the heck of it go ahead and humor me. Okay this guy is a great recruiter. Please explain to me how that will positively impact Bama’s recruiting, at least legally? Under NCAA rules only the 10 on field coaches can evaluate prospect film for recruiting purposes. Under the same rules, only the 10 on field coaches can speak with a recruit concerning football related matters on the phone. He would be able to interact with prospects on Bama’s campus but only on their campus. I know Bama would never do anything not within the rules so please explain to me how this cat is going to have that big of an impact.

  12. BrownsTown says: Mar 31, 2014 1:58 PM

    Absolutely perfect. Seriously.

  13. stoicpaisano says: Mar 31, 2014 4:14 PM

    Saban is just giving the world the middle finger right now by giving Lupoi a job after the stunts he’s pulled. If the worst sanctions Bama will face are a two-game suspension and revolving door amongst the support staff (who fall on the sword), there are very few reasons to stop whatever methods (legal, shady or illegal depending on to whom you talk) used with your Clinton-Dix or Flukers.

  14. suprmous says: Mar 31, 2014 5:25 PM

    This’ goin to be one hellva an interestin season if it shapes up the way Saban’s countin on. Lawd, is he walkin the tight rope or what with all of these moves? Damn, me doth think he’s either lost his mind or he’s testin the watahs an awful lot.

  15. Professor Fate says: Mar 31, 2014 6:04 PM

    Saban has already sent the NCAA a thank-you card for insuring Lupoi wouldn’t be cleared in time to join Sarkisian at USC. Now that Lupoi is in Tuscaloosa you won’t hear a peep out of the NCAA about any violations, questionable or otherwise. Perhaps Saban is just an amazing talent when it comes to guiding his staff along the straight and narrow.

  16. Deb says: Mar 31, 2014 8:26 PM

    Lupoi and Kiffen bring different strengths to the mix, but I don’t worry about their negatives. It’s Saban’s world and they’re just living in it. They’ll play by his rules or they’ll be looking for new jobs.

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