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UW Huskies football 2013

Date Opponent Location Time (PT)
Sat, Aug 31 Boise State Seattle, WA 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 14 Illinois Chicago, IL 3:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 21 Idaho State Seattle, WA TBA
Sat, Sep 28 Arizona Seattle, WA TBA
Sat, Oct 05 Stanford at Stanford, CA TBA
Sat, Oct 12 Oregon Seattle, WA TBA
Sat, Oct 19 Arizona State at Tempe, AZ TBA
Sat, Oct 26 California Seattle, WA TBA
Sat, Nov 09 Colorado Seattle, WA TBA
Fri, Nov 15 UCLA at Pasadena, CA 6:00 p.m.
Sat, Nov 23 Oregon State at Corvallis, OR TBA
Fri, Nov 29 Washington State Seattle, WA 12:30 p.m.
TBD @ Pac-12 Championship Game
Sat, Dec 07 TBD @ Pac-12 Championship Game TBA 5:00 p.m.
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By Gary Klein

Los Angeles Times

Tosh Lupoi, a former Washington defensive line coach who is under investigation by the NCAA for allegedly violating rules while working as an assistant under Steve Sarkisian, will receive $300,000 as part of a mutual separation with the school, a Washington spokesman said Wednesday.


UW defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi (Photo credit: Saskia Capell/The Daily)

The allegations, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, surround the recruitment of defensive lineman Andrew Basham, who signed a letter of intent with the Huskies in February 2013 but did not qualify academically to enroll.

Mike Davis, a throwing coach who helped Basham win a Washington state title in the shot put, told The Times that Lupoi gave him $3,000 to cover private tutoring for Basham through a test preparation company. Davis also alleged that he received $1,500 from Lupoi to reimburse Basham’s father for online classes that Andrew could use to raise his grade-point average.

NCAA rules prohibit universities from paying for a prospect’s academic services.

Lupoi has denied violating NCAA rules in the recruitment of Basham.

Lupoi was not retained by the new Huskies coach, Chris Petersen, and the school announced last month that Lupoi had been reassigned to an unspecified position in the athletic department.

Carter Henderson, a Washington assistant athletic director, said Lupoi’s contract stipulated a $700,000 buyout had Lupoi been terminated without cause before Jan. 13. Henderson said the buyout decreased to $350,000 on Tuesday.

Henderson said Lupoi and the school agreed to the mutual separation and the $300,000 payment.

The Seattle Times first reported Lupoi’s departure from Washington.

Sarkisian, who left Washington after he was hired by USC on Dec. 2, had initially expressed interest in bringing Lupoi to USC. But the allegations surrounding Lupoi quashed that possibility. Sarkisian is still searching for a defensive line coach to complete his staff.

If the NCAA finds the allegations against Lupoi to be true, Sarkisian could face penalties, including suspension, unless he can prove that he promoted an atmosphere of compliance at Washington and monitored his staff.

Sarkisian said Tuesday that he had not spoken with or been contacted by the NCAA.


UW defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi (Photo credit: Saskia Capell/The Daily)

By Gary Klein

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — USC and Washington are investigating whether a football coach who worked under Steve Sarkisian at Washington violated NCAA rules by paying for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit.

The allegations surround the recruitment of Andrew Basham, a former defensive lineman at Lynnwood High School in Washington, who signed a letter of intent with the Huskies last February but did not qualify academically to enroll.

Mike Davis, a throwing coach who helped Basham win a state shotput title, told The Times that Tosh Lupoi, Washington’s defensive line coach, gave him $3,000 to cover private tutoring for Basham through a test preparation company. Davis said he also received $1,500 from Lupoi to reimburse Basham’s father for online classes Andrew could use to raise his grade-point average.

NCAA rules prohibit universities from paying for a prospect’s academic services. Head coaches are required to “promote an atmosphere of compliance” and are held responsible for the actions of assistant coaches and administrators who report, directly or indirectly, to them.

Lupoi did not return phone calls seeking interview requests for this story. Informed by text message that there were allegations he delivered cash on at least two occasions to a go-between to reimburse expenses for tutoring and online classes for Basham, Lupoi said in a text, “Well that’s certainly false. I deny such allegations of violating NCAA rules w/ the recruitment of Andrew Basham.”

Lupoi, who played football at California from 2000 to 2005, joined Sarkisian’s Washington staff in 2012 after serving as Cal’s defensive line coach for four seasons and gaining a reputation as an effective recruiter.

David Roberts, USC’s vice president for athletic compliance, said Lupoi was among the coaches Sarkisian listed as possible candidates to become Trojans assistants, and that all proposed candidates were vetted. USC’s compliance office began investigating Lupoi last week after receiving a tip from someone who said Davis had been the middleman in a transaction between Lupoi and a recruit. The Times received a similar tip.

Roberts contacted Davis on Friday. After speaking with him and also with Sarkisian, Roberts said USC found no evidence that Sarkisian knew about the alleged activity. “We don’t have concerns about Steve’s involvement,” Roberts said.

Sarkisian said he first learned of the situation when contacted by USC’s compliance office. “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.

Asked if a head coach was responsible for everything in his program, 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.”

Sarkisian has hired three former Washington assistants — Johnny Nansen, Keith Heyward and Peter Sirmon — but is still in the process of assembling his USC staff.

A USC person with knowledge of the process said Lupoi’s chance of being hired by USC was now “less than zero.” The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the situation and requested anonymity.

Lupoi is part of Washington’s interim staff that is preparing for a Dec. 27 game against Brigham Young in the Fight Hunger Bowl. New Washington Coach Chris Petersen, who replaced Sarkisian but is not coaching the bowl game, has not announced the staff he will move forward with.

Shondell Reed, a senior associate athletic director at Washington who oversees compliance, said Lupoi informed him last Friday that The Times was about to publish an article about allegations regarding Basham’s recruitment. Reed then alerted the Pac-12 Conference office and was told that USC had received a tip and was investigating.

In a phone interview, Reed said that he did not know the specifics of the allegations but that Lupoi “denies any wrongdoing or violations of NCAA rules. He said he doesn’t know why he would be accused of this and vehemently denies doing anything wrong.”

Davis and his wife, Heidi, have been contacted by Washington’s compliance office and he said he is scheduled to meet with officials from Washington and USC in Seattle on Friday.

Basham did not respond to phone calls or texts seeking comment about his recruitment, and several attempts to visit him at his home in Bothell, Wash., were unsuccessful.

Basham orally committed to Washington in June 2012 and signed a national letter of intent with the Huskies on Feb. 6.

To read the entire Los Angeles Times article, click here.


UW hires away Boise State’s Chris Petersen

SEATTLE — The University of Washington named former Boise State coach Chris Petersen as the new head coach of the football program Friday.

The University of Washington confirmed Friday the former Boise State coach will head to Seattle. Petersen met with UW Athletic Director Scott Woodward Thursday night and signed to an agreement on terms.

He will be one of the highest page coaches in the Pac-12, according to reports. He was scheduled to make $2.2 million at Boise State this year.

A press conference is scheduled for Monday to introduce Petersen as the head coach.


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The UW also reportedly interviewed Alabama’s offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier for the position.

Petersen will replace former coach Steve Sarkisian, who left the program earlier this week to coach at USC.

The Boise State coach won five conference titles and two BCS games at Boise State in eight years, securing a 92-12 record. However, the team fell to an 8-4 record this season, which included a loss to Washington.

SEATTLE — Huskies quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo, the MVP of the 2001 Rose Bowl as UW quarterback, on Wednesday was named the team’s interim coach for Washington’s bowl game.



UW athletic director Scott Woodward told the players about the move in a late-afternoon meeting inside the football operations center at Husky Stadium. The move comes after coach Steve Sarkisian took the head coaching job at USC.

“Coach Tui” just finished his first season as Washington’s quarterbacks coach after being an assistant at UCLA.

“I’m humbled and so honored,” Tuiasosopo said, according to the UW football website, “It’s a great, incredible honor to lead my alma mater in a bowl game.

“We still have a lot to play for this season. I am excited to go out and get a ninth win.”

This is Tuiasosopo’s first head-coaching experience of any kind.


No Mora for Huskies


Jim Mora has announced that he will remain the coach of the UCLA Bruins despite the opening at his alma mater, Washington, that was created by USC’s hiring of Coach Steve Sarkisian. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times / November 30, 2013)

By Chris Foster

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Jim Mora has decided to remain at UCLA, after receiving a six-year contract extension and promises to increase assistant coach pay and improve the program’s infrastructure.

Mora’s contract will now run through 2023.

Mora was considered in the mix for the Washington job after Huskies’ Coach Steve Sarkisian was hired by USC. Mora was a walk-on defensive back for the Huskies from 1980-83 and was a graduate assistant coach for the team in 1984.

UCLA hired Mora after the 2011 season to turn around a program that had meandered for more than a decade. The Bruins have not reached the Rose Bowl game since the 1998 season.

Mora has an 18-8 record in two seasons at UCLA. It is the first time the Bruins have won nine or more games in back-to-back seasons since 1997-98. That success includes back-to-back victories over USC.

UCLA won the Pac-12 Conference South Division in 2012 and finished second this season.

The Bruins, who are 9-3, are awaiting a bowl invitation.

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Sarkisian leaves to take head coaching job at USC

Los Angeles Times

SEATTLE — USC made it official Monday afternoon, hours after the news first broke:

steve sarkisianSteve Sarkisian, 39, is the Trojans‘ new head football coach. And interim coach Ed Orgeron, a longtime USC assistant and recruiting coordinator, is out — and also heading out of Los Angeles.

Orgeron told school officials he was “leaving USC to pursue heading coaching opportunities.”

Various media reports said Orgeron was “outraged” by Athletic Director Pat Haden’s decision to go with Sarkisian.

USC had a record of 6-2 with Orgeron as interim head coach.

Of Sarkisian, Haden said: “We conducted a very exhaustive and thorough search, pinpointing about 20 candidates and interviewing five of them. We kept coming back to Sark. He is the only one who was offered the job. I believe in my gut that he is the right coach for USC at this time.

“He embodies many of the qualities for which we looked. He is an innovative coach who recruits well and develops players.  He is a proven and successful leader. He connects with people. He has energy and passion.  He knows how to build a program and create a culture that we value. He is committed to academic success and rules compliance. And he understands the heritage and tradition of USC.”

Sarkisian will be introduced officially during a news conference scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the John McKay Center.

Sarkisian said the Washington program, 0-12 before he took over, “is in a better place now than when we arrived, and I am proud and thankful of the players for that.”

“That said, I am extremely excited to be coming home to USC and for the opportunity that USC presents to win championships. I can’t wait to get started.”

There was no word early Monday who would replace Sarkisian as head coach of the Dawgs.

Sarkisian has gone 34-29 in five seasons at Washington.

UW President Katherine Young tweeted late Monday afternoon: “We wish Steve well at USC and every success, except for one day a year.”

By Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times

Stanford‘s exciting three-point win over Washington on Saturday night did not go into overtime but it has sort of spilled over like the last fight scene in Mel Brooks‘ “Blazing Saddles.”

After the tough loss, Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian basically accused Stanford players of faking injuries in an attempt to slow down the Huskies’ new up-tempo offense.

steve sarkisianThere was the insinuation that Randy Hart, a Stanford assistant who used to work at Washington, was behind the alleged plot.

Stanford star defensive end Ben Gardner took to Twitter and said:

Stanford Coach David Shaw waited two full days to respond but then unloaded on Tuesday’s Pac 12 coaches’ conference call.

“We don’t fake injuries. We never have and never will,” Shaw said. “I don’t care what Steve Sarkisian thinks he saw.”

It didn’t take long for someone to post a video of a Stanford player who may have been faking an injury against Oregon in a 2010 game when Shaw was still an assistant on Jim Harbaugh‘s staff.

Shaw noted the only coach in the league who was has been charged with ordering players to fake is Tosh Lupoi, who is now a Washington assistant.

Lupoi, when he was an assistant at Cal, was suspended one game in 2010 for instructing his players to fake injuries against Oregon.

That was met with a stern statement from conference Commissioner Larry Scott, who said  the “behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the conference.”

Sarkisian, with his team facing a huge game against No. 2 Oregon this week, is trying to distance himself from the controversy.

Asked Tuesday if he still believed Stanford was faking he said, “We saw what we saw and we’ll leave it at that.”

Had Sarkisian and Shaw spoken about the matter?

“No comment,” Sarkisian said. “I’m done with the subject.”

First-year Cal Coach Sonny Dykes, who runs an up-tempo offense, said earlier this year he believes a rule change might be needed that requires injured players to miss more than one play after leaving the field.

He said that might detour the temptation of faking injuries.


Petros Papadakis previews (15) Washington at (5) Stanford.

SEATTLE — The new Associated Press Top 25 poll was released Tuesday morning, with the University of Washington securing the No. 20 spot following their 38-6 victory over previously ranked Boise State University Saturday at Husky Stadium.

California v WashingtonThe Huskies were not ranked going into the season. The Dawgs are also ranked No. 18 in’s Power Rankings poll. Boise State — previously ranked No. 19 — in the AP poll was dropped off the list.

The University of Alabama ranked No. 1 in both the AP poll and’s poll.

Here is the full AP Poll:

1. Alabama

2. Oregon

3. Ohio St.

4. Clemson

5. Stanford

6. South Carolina

7. Texas A&M

8. Louisville

9. LSU

10. Florida St.

11. Georgia

12. Florida

13. Oklahoma St.

14. Notre Dame

15. Texas

16. Oklahoma

17. Michigan

18. UCLA

19. Northwestern

20. Washington

21. Wisconsin

22. Nebraska

23. Baylor

24. TCU

25. Southern Cal.