Maybe dude meant it when he said he'd stay at Cal for $300K, he tells Sark no, Sark knows Cal can't go higher *and* he knows Tosh is about to see Shaq, then Sark comes in with an offer for $500K (plus a boat) and tells him he has 12 hours to decide. Dude panics, blurts out his dilemma to Shaq, can't see the long term view of passing on half-a-million-dollars-a-year, and gets out of town because he can't look JT in the face.
Still the same impact, still burns every bridge and torpedoes his credibility. More immature than pure jerk.
Hometown Report: Pacific-12 coaches keep tabs on local recruits
About the time Kiffin was in Placer County, Cal coach Jeff Tedford was in Elk Grove visiting Thundering Herd offensive lineman Steven Moore. Tedford had one eye on the Packers-Giants game, twisting with every dropped Aaron Rodgers pass, and the other on the 6-7 Moore, who was as impressed with Tedford as the coach was with his recruit. Moore said he can't wait to play for the Bears.
Later Sunday, Tedford and assistant Tosh Lupoi stopped by the home of Grant star Shaq Thompson and visited Pleasant Grove ace lineman Arik Armstead. Tedford and Lupoi already had a verbal commitment from Thompson, and the coaches had hoped to inch closer to getting one from Armstead.
In an example of how transient college football can be for coaches and how fast things can change for prospects, consider what happened Monday morning. Lupoi left Cal for Pacific-12 Conference rival Washington to be its defensive-line coach and boost its recruiting efforts. The result was like a seismic ripple felt across the region.
After hearing so many different opinions/insider info on what happened, I'm guessing that Tosh did go out in a big and malicious way. The big reason why he would choose to do so is that he must have felt very disrespected in some fashion first, and wanted to really make it a big FU on the way out.
My off-the-wall theory, then, would point back to the JT matching the offer event...
JT thinks TL is using his stature as a top recruiter to get more, so he gets peeved at him for pushing his salary - "ok, here's the most I can do, and no more. If you want to be here, then you should be happy about this. No one makes this much at your level, and you should be fortunate to get this offer. We will not be in a bidding war for you."
TL takes this as a slap in the face of "we'll up your salary to make you satisfied, but you should be grateful you are even in this position. I made you, I can take it away." He is fuming and feels unappreciated. He starts considering UW for real, where he can really be appreciated for his work and ability, and the $$$ to go with it. Sark seems to be a young, ambitious guy, and his friends are all there already as coaches. Once the huge offer rolls in, he doesn't need much convincing after that.
He could have moved on with class, but he feels so betrayed by JT, he wants to hurt him bad. What better way to do so than by leaving in the middle of the night, clearing out the desk, and recruiting for a competitor right away without a moment's hesitation? All with a smile on his face the night before, while he was secretly waiting to attack. He must love mafia movies, because that is straight gansta.
He wants to say sorry to his team he abandoned, but it's not about them or Cal...it's about sending a message to JT. He should learn to appreciate his people more. He got what he deserved.
Man, I should've been a writer for a drama show. Maybe we can make a new Friday Night Lights drama, except for college football? That would be a fun episode.
Thx for your response. I just re-read MBs response. Intentional, deliberate, unethical, stupid.
I posted, somewhere, that I think this will harm us more than it helps UW. I still think that's true, at least in the short run. This storyline has to turn the Thompson family against Tosh and UW, and Syd still has good feelings about Cal. No Tosh and all the drama probably cost us McCarthy and AA and who knows who else just says f-ck Cal and f-ck Tosh I'm going with ND/SC/etc where coaches only leave when they get fired or they get a HC job somewhere else.
You know what would make new incredibly happy? There is a special needs fellow that comes to all the cal functions (games, practice, fan day etc) that always has a green bike, military style pants, coke bottle glasses, a huge cigar behind his ear....and a Lupoi jersey. I want him at the UW game to run out to the 50, light that thing on fire, and give tosh the double bird and walk right off
How does Lupaid (I like it) like East Jibrue? Because that's where his next job will be. This one won't last forever and the coaching fraternity has a long memory.