Investigation of Former Assistant Could Affect Steve Sarkisian and USC

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LAS VEGAS — New USC Coach Steve Sarkisian could face penalties, including suspension, if allegations that an assistant on his Washington staff paid for private tutoring and online classes for a recruit are found to be true.


New USC Coach Steve Sarkisian says he “did everything to promote a compliant atmosphere” while coaching at Washington. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

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

Compliance officials from USC and Washington and possibly the NCAA are scheduled to meet Friday in Seattle with Mike Davis, who alleged that Tosh Lupoi, Washington’s defensive line coach, 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 Andrew could use to raise his grade-point average.

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

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