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Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:24 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 5:12 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian sought to improve his defense over the offseason, and on Monday announced a new addition to the coaching staff that could bring much more than just first-hand Pac-12 experience. After spending four years as Cal's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, Tosh Lupoi has been named defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator at Washington.

“Coach Lupoi is a terrific young coach and a dynamic recruiter,” Sarkisian said in the school's release. “He will have an immediate impact with our team both on the field and in recruiting.”

This will be Lupoi's first move from Berkley since arriving as a freshman defensive lineman in 2000. After finishing his career with the Golden Bears in 2005, Lupoi spent two seasons as a graduate assistant before taking over as defensive line coach. In the last two seasons Cal has led the Pac-12 in total defense, but Lupoi's most impressive credentials have come from his efforts on the recruiting trail.

Lupoi was named the 2010 Rivals Recruiter of the Year, and each of the last two signing classes have ranked in the Top 15 according to most prominent scouting services. Cal's current crop of 2012 recruits ranks No. 9 on MaxPreps's recent ranking of the Top 25 classes.'s Bryan Fischer writes that Lupoi's addition "will undoubtedly impact both Washington and Cal's recruiting classes this year and in the future."

Don't think this will have an effect on Pac-12 recruiting? Current Cal verbal commit Shaq Thompson (MaxPreps No. 5 overall prospect) offered the following after Lupoi's move became official:

For much more on the impact of Lupoi's addition to Washington's recruiting, check out Bryan Fischer and the Eye On Recruiting.  

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Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:40 pm

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

Steve Sarkisian has spent his whole supply of scapegoats. Now the burden is unequivocally all on him.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:19 pm

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

Sleazy?  Classless?

Guy leaves a program to be on the staff of one of his best friends/mentors (New UW DC Justin Wilcox)...  This after asking to be given a larger title and more compensation from Cal, who declined.  He would have stayed for more money and a larger role in the defense.  Presumably he was in the market for a larger job after Cal spurned his request-- and this was WAY before Washington shook up their defensive staff.

Lupoi has readily admitted if Wilcox had taken the Texas Longhorns position last year, he would have left to join him there too.  When he ended up at Tennessee Lupoi stayed at Cal.

This is what coaches do.  They climb the ladder, you don't just wake up one day a head coach, if that's your aspiration.  He's done well and now wants to progress, and in the position with Washington he's essentially the Assistant Defensive Coordinator (he's been put in charge of the entire run defense).  Plus, you can all it sleaze, but a jump from $160,000 to $500,000 is a bit of a no brainer.  Pride and stupidity are not assets a coach can depend on, even if sometimes this seems to be the case.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:56 pm

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

Thor23: It's unclear whether you responded to my post but, if yes, I observe that the sleaze you refer to occurred under the conn of the Head Coach of your pro team.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:49 pm

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

Keep exulting my friend but the Huskies have one of the worst defensive teams in CFB and it will take at least 2 years to overcome the deficit. Washington failed with a proven DC so the inexperienced new hire has lots to cope with.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:11 pm

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

I think this is a huge move for Sark and the Huskies. Getting another top notch recruiter to go along with the rest that they have hired in the past 2 weeks. Lets just hope these guys will show the dividends in recruiting on Feb 1. I cant see how any one would say that this is sleezy in any way as this is the business they are in. Its not like this is the 1st time a coach has been snagged from opposing teams. The Dawgs just ended up losing Nussmeir to Bama and I dont hear the DAWG fans crying about that as it is part of the game. It really helps with the fact the Huskies have a lot of money and they have some great donars up there that allows them to build brand new stadiums and get these top of the line coaches. It must say something about Tedford in my mind with Tosh.O leaving that program after spending 12 there. They are in the top 25 of recruiting every year but they still cant seem to put a good run together to have a very successful season. I really like how the Huskies have added the coaching depth of former coaches or players from rival PAC-12 schhols which is going to come in handy on the recruiting trail. GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:42 am

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

This is why it did not surprise me to learn UW has one of the highest college suicide rates in the nation.

Could you cite this stat please?

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:32 pm

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

Kind of like your sleazy football team.

Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:13 pm

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

UC may be losing some top recruits as a result of this hiring during the last 2 weeks of the recruiting season.

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:04 pm

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

recruiting class

Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:03 pm

Washington adds Cal's Tosh Lupoi to staff

Exactly what is sleazy and classless about wanting to upgrade your position.  This guy wants to coach and when you show what improvements you can make to one of the worst run defenses this year.  That will speak volumes about your ability.  Plus UW is a better football program than Cal although that was one heck of a rucruiting class for Cal

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