Much has been listed here on this blog regarding Cal's high profile recruiter's defection to UW this week. I encourage you to read below as blog-o-philes -- with screenames like maximuscanine -- have read it's first draft and then called me an arse, jealous, a d-bag, and a whiner.
One angle to consider is that from Tedford's perspective, Tosh Lupoi had developed too much power, and the player's allegiance to Lupoi may in the end threaten the authority of Tedford and stability of the team. Further, his excellent recruits have not converted CAL to a winning football team - maybe his recruits, while rated highly, don't fit in well into the Cal foortball schemes.
Other details of Lupoi's history: 1. He is the coach who was disciplined for telling lineman to fake an injury. 2. He is a lineman who was able to get an extra year of eligibility for medical hardship (not always an easy thing to do). 3. Reports state he left cal b/c of an offer he couldn't refuse - a former college athlete with little-to-no Pro Experience now in a coordinator/recruiter role motivated by money. And 4, Most interesting, he is willing to abandon his team 2 weeks before the season starts to work with a thirthysomething year old coach who has been affiliated with two programs with history of severe violations to their programs -- Washington and USC.
One question to ask is: What makes Mr. Lupoi such an amazing recruiter to young men who are striving to succeed in an arena of sublimated aggression? I wonder what he's telling recruits. Is he selling two messages at once -- look out for number one, and, we'll take care of you and make you even more sellable. In this scenario, Mr. Lupoi of course can jump ship and go to a place led by a young coach who's ethics include poaching coaches from a team within his conference 2 weeks prior to the signing deadline. Unfortunately, this me first, success at all stakes, money talks behavior is attractive to some young men seeking to learn how to use both raw force and intimidation to get more in life.
In the end, this is the best thing that could have happened to CAL. Disappointment now, or huge problem later. What's your bet when UW is hit with violations again? Or perhaps Cal is the team that will get stuck holding the bag.
Maybe Sark told him how Carrol got away from USC Scott Free, a Hero. Or Tosh could just head over to Carroll's house for a private lesson.