Former assistant Lupoi leaves Washington
Tosh Lupoi, a former Washington defensive line coach who is under investigation by the NCAA for allegedly violating rules while working as an assistant to Steve Sarkisian, will receive $300,000 as part of a mutual separation with the school, a Washington spokesman said.
The allegations, first reported by The 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.
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.
-- Gary Klein
Chris Wilson, Georgia’s defensive line coach last season, is expected to join Sarkisian’s USC staff in the same role, according to multiple reports.
Sarkisian announced last week that Bo Davis had been hired as defensive line coach. But Sarkisian said Monday that Davis changed his mind because of a family reasons and Davis accepted a job at Alabama.
Wilson coached at Georgia for one season. He was previously defensive coordinator at Mississippi State and also coached defensive linemen at Oklahoma.
Coachingsearch.com was the first to report that Wilson was going to USC.
-- Gary Klein
California running back Brendan Bigelow has decided to forgo his senior season and make himself available for the NFL draft.
Rodriguez’s regimen called ‘most potent’
The regimen of performance-enhancing substances delivered by Anthony Bosch to Alex Rodriguez was “probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we’ve ever seen,” U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Executive Travis Tygart told the Associated Press.
“No one who cares about clean sports likes to hear it,” Tygart said in an interview with the AP. “And don’t just take my word for it. Look at the findings of an independent arbitrator who saw all the evidence, sat through the testimony and laid the whole conspiracy out.”
Tygart said Bosch’s regimen included dozens of blood tests to see how the drugs were metabolizing and which doses to use when. It included peptides and female fertility drugs to supplement testosterone, human growth hormone and an insulin-like growth factor.
A three-team trade sending Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics to the Golden State Warriors was completed.
The Warriors sent guard Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat as part of Wednesday’s deal. The Heat moved center Joel Anthony and two draft picks and cash considerations to the Celtics.
Miami is sending Boston its 2015 protected first-round draft pick and 2016 second-round pick. If Philadelphia doesn’t make the playoffs the next two seasons, the 2015 first-round pick will be a second-round selection.
A judge ruled that former executive director Billy Hunter’s suit against the NBA players’ association for breach of contract can continue, but dismissed most of his claims against Derek Fisher and all of them against a publicist who used to work with the Oklahoma City guard.
Hunter contends he had a valid contract when he was ousted last February and is owed more than $10.5 million.
The ruling in Los Angeles Superior Court allowed that part of the suit to remain but threw out 12 of the 14 claims against Fisher, with attorney Andrew Kassof saying the remaining two will be ruled on shortly. Kassof represents Fisher and publicist Jamie Wior.