Cal suspends coach for having player fake injury
California defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi was suspended for
Saturday’s last-second loss to Washington after admitting he
instructed a player to fake an injury in a 15-13 defeat at No. 1
Oregon on Nov. 13.
Athletic director Sandy Barbour made the announcement after the
Golden Bears’ 16-13 loss Saturday, when Cal (5-7, 3-6 Pac-10)
finished the season with a third straight loss, ending its
seven-year streak of reaching bowl games. Coach Jeff Tedford said
he plans to keep Lupoi on his staff.
”This is a young coach who made a mistake. We make mistakes in
life a lot,” Barbour said. ”He stood up and he accepted
responsibility for it. The head coach accepted responsibility for
it and I accepted responsibility for it. That’s what we do as
Several times this season teams have been accused of faking
injuries to slow down the high-powered Ducks. Replays showed nose
tackle Aaron Tipoti standing up after a play one second then on the
ground moments later grabbing his left leg.
Tedford initially denied that any of his players had feigned
injuries in the game before later learning otherwise, he said. When
examining the situation and questions as to whether Cal indeed had
faked injuries as speculated after the game, Barbour said she and
Tedford determined nobody else was involved in such behavior.
Cal consulted with the Pac-10 commissioner’s office and no other
disciplinary action was expected, Barbour said.
When asked whether he would keep Lupoi on staff, Tedford
”I respect him a great deal,” Tedford said. ”In the heat of
the battle and trying to get a substitution in, he used poor
judgment. That’s no reflection on his character whatsoever or his
love for Cal and the program. … He’s a great football coach. A
mistake was made. I’m sure we’ll learn from it as a whole. We will
make sure that we stand for the right things and move
Cal said Lupoi wasn’t at Memorial Stadium and declined to
comment on the suspension.
”Coach addressed it. It happened that’s all that can be said
about it,” defensive end Cameron Jordan said.