Alabama expected to hire recruiting ace Tosh Lupoi

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This is a classic case of the rich getting richer.

CBSSports’ Jeremy Fowler reports that Alabama is expected to hire Tosh Lupoi, who was the center of an NCAA recruiting probe at Washington. Lupoi visited Alabama recently and should wind up in an off-field role.

Lupoi is currently unemployed, but he was set to join USC’s staff until a report from the Los Angeles Times said he allegedly paid $4,500 for a recruit’s high school tutoring; he denied the allegations. The NCAA cleared Lupoi in early February, and no penalties were handed out. Lupoi and Washington agreed to a $300,000 buyout.

Upon being cleared by the NCAA, Lupoi told CBSSports’ Bruce Feldman that he’s looking forward to taking the next step in life.

“I’m excited to take the next step in life,” Lupoi said. “I’m blessed to have been around so many exceptional leaders and so many amazing people in my career. My time at the UW was greatly valuable, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to have worked at such a wonderful institution. This recent adversity has only strengthened me as a man and as a coach. My passion for the game, making a difference in young men’s lives will never be deterred.”

The former Cal defensive end Lupoi is an ace recruiter, and Rivals.com named him the National Recruiter of the Year in 2010. What an asset and a steal it would be for Alabama to have Lupoi in an off-field role for the short term.

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