Assistant Lupoi supended for his questionable call
Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi was suspended for Saturday's game against Washington after admitting he instructed nose tackle Aaron Tipoti to fake an injury during the Bears' 15-13 loss to Oregon on Nov. 13.
Tipoti's alleged "injury" became a hit on YouTube because of its blatant nature. After appearing to be fine after a play, he is seen looking toward Cal's sideline and then falling on top of the football.
The video apparently prompted an investigation by athletic director Sandy Barbour and the Pac-10, even though other Oregon opponents had been accused of doing the same thing.
Lupoi admitted his error after Tedford approached his coaching staff about the allegations.
"We're educators, and in that light, what we teach and coach our student-athletes is of the utmost importance," Barbour said. "This was an error in judgment on the part of our assistant coach. He came forward and admitted it and is being held accountable.
"We have a high standard at Cal. I take responsibility for making sure that the message about that high standard and the message about our values is continually communicated and as a leader in higher education, this university does the same thing."
Tedford said the incident won't affect Lupoi's long-term future with the program. Lupoi was named the Recruiter of the Year last year by rivals.com.
"I respect him a great deal," Tedford said. "In the heat of the battle, he used poor judgment. That's no reflection on his character, whatsoever. People make mistakes. I was told to look into it. I did. I appreciate the character of Tosh to be up front. We will make sure we stand for the right things and move forward."
-- Jonathan Okanes