Alabama hires Tosh Lupoi as an intern

Anniston StarApril 9, 2014 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- While multiple reports have stated that Alabama hired Tosh Lupoi to its support staff, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Lupoi is working as an "intern" during his Wednesday news conference.

Saban also confirmed that Tyler Siskey took Kevin Steele's place as the new Director of Player Personnel. Kevin Steele's move to linebackers coach this offseason opened the position for Siskey. Siskey was Alabama's assistant director of player personnel.

Saban said Alabama "didn't really hire" anyone to fill Siskey's position, but said Lupoi will help from "an internship standpoint."

"He's going to be an intern that helps us some in recruiting," Saban said. "(He will help) a lot in the electronic media part of recruiting, which is something that we feel like we need to improve."

Lupoi has been with the program for at least a week. He's been spotted at practice during the media's viewing period. Lupoi, 32, was left without a job following an NCAA investigation stemming from allegations that he provided improper benefits to a high school recruit. Lupoi received no penalties and was formally cleared by the NCAA in February.

Lupoi has experience as a coach and is considered one of the nation's top recruiters. He played defensive end at Cal from 2000-2005. His first work as a coach came as a graduate assistant for two year at Cal before being promoted to defensive line coach. In 2010, Rivals.com named Lupoi the Recruiter of the Year.

He joined Steve Sarkisian's staff in 2012. He was expected to join Sarkisian at USC, but the process was derailed by the NCAA's investigation.

Lupoi and Washington agreed to a mutual separation agreement that paid him $300,000.

During his final season with the Huskies, he made a salary of $350,000.

"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."

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