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Lupoi, one of several additions to Washington's staff this offseason, faces his alma mater and former employer Cal this Friday.
Yachts, and rumors of yachts. That's what got Tosh Lupoi to leave Cal and join Washington's staff, Bears fans will tell you.
With Friday night's matchup between Washington and Cal looming, the mudslinging about Lupoi's departure has started up again amongst fans, but the coaches are doing their best to downplay it.
Steve Sarkisian told this to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta:
"My job and my obligation is to do what's best for this university and for this athletic department and this football program, and do it with good ethics and within the guidelines set by the NCAA," Sarkisian said. "No coach ever likes to get the phone call, because I get them, too, when somebody says they want to talk to one of your coaches that you think is a really good coach. But you understand that it is part of the profession, and you do everything in your power to keep them, if you want to keep them. And if you are on the other side, you do everything that is within your feasible power to get them on board. That's just the way it works."
Naturally, Lupoi also shared his feelings on the matter:
"For me it was a decision and then moving on," he said. "So I never look into blogs or papers. I might hear things here and there from family or whatever, but I really don't tap in or read into media sources or stuff, so I don't know how much of a big deal it was, to tell you the truth. It was move on and get focused on what I needed to do here."
Of note, Eric Kiesau also left Cal for UW, but doesn't seem to stir up the same feelings amongst Bears fans.
This matter may not be settled come Friday, but at least one of the fan bases will just have a scoreboard to point to.