Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi had a forgettable end to last season. He was suspended for the season-finale against Washington for instructing his players to fake injuries two weeks earlier against Oregon.
The Bears visit Oregon next Thursday, and Lupoi today talked a little about the aftermath of what happened last year.
“It’s all in the past,” he said. “I really haven’t thought about it much. It’s not my character to really dwell on the past.”
Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour and coach Jeff Tedford agreed to suspend Lupoi after an especially blatant video began circulating on youtube that showed nose tackle Aaron Tipoti look over toward the sideline and then suddenly grab his leg and crumble on top of the football.
But this wasn’t a tactic isolated to Cal. Several opponents seem to employ the tactic all of last season — the Tipoti video just made it too hard to ignore.
“Regardless if every opponent did it in the previous weeks, it doesn’t make it OK and it doesn’t mean that we or I can match the behavior of others,” Lupoi said. “Regardless of what everyone else is doing, it doesn’t make something OK.”
Lupoi said he didn’t encounter any negative reacion in the immediate aftermath of the suspension. The season ended abruptly as Cal lost to the Huskies and were eliminated from bowl contention. Lupoi immediately hit the recruiting trail and said he never heard a negative word about it.
“You always have to be thinking ahead. Every action you take, there could be a consequence involved. You have to evaluate every action you take. You have to be held responsible of your actions at all times.
“I’m moving on. The consequence was served and I took responsibility for what happened. The way this job works, you don’t have time to dwell on the past, good or bad. I think that’s where your focus has to be — living in the moment and trying to get better.”