-- Former Washington assistant Tosh Lupoi is serving as an "intern" on Alabama's 2014 football staff, Nick Saban said Wednesday.
Lupoi, who has been with the program for at least a week, was left without a job after a recent NCAA investigation into allegations that he provided improper benefits to a high school recruit.The NCAA formally cleared Lupoi in early February and did not levy any penalties.
"He's going to be an intern, and he's got a lot of good experience both coaching and recruiting," Saban said. "He didn't get a job this year, didn't have any issues relative to the way we checked him out with the NCAA, which we do with everybody that we hire."
Saban also confirmed thatTyler Siskey, who was Alabama's assistant director of player personnel in 2013, is the Crimson Tide's new Director of Player Personnel. The position opened when Kevin Steele moved back to the field as inside linebackers coach.
Saban said Alabama didn't necessarily hire a replacement for Siskey, but Lupoi will take on some tasks from "an internship standpoint."
"He's going to be an intern that helps us some in recruiting," Saban said. "A lot in the electronic media part of recruiting, which is something that we feel like we need to improve."
Lupoi, 32, was a defensive end at Cal from 2000-2005. He landed on the Golden Bears' staff first as a graduate assistant and then as defensive line coach.He gained national prominence as a recruiter when he was named the 2010 Recruiter of the Year, and the Bears' recruiting classes were ranked in the top 20 during his final two seasons.
Lupoi left his alma mater in 2012 to join Steve Sarkisian's staff at Washington, but was left in limbo when Sarkisian left for USC because of a six-week NCAA investigation into allegations of improper benefits.
In the midst of the investigation, Lupoi and Washington agreed to a mutual separation agreement that paid him 0,000. Lupoi made an annual salary of 0,000 in his final season with the Huskies.Thank you for subscribing. You should receive your first newsletter within 24 hours. To view and subscribe to any of our other newsletters, please .
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