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

educators.”

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

answered ”absolutely.”

”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

forward.”

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.