Huskies nearly triple Lupoi's salary

For leaving Cal two weeks out from signing day, Washington gives assistant coaches Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau significant raises.

Washington gave former California defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi and wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau significant raises to leave the Golden Bears.

Salary figures released Saturday show that for leaving Cal just over two weeks before signing day Lupoi will make $350,000 for each year of the three-year guaranteed contract, with a $100,000 signing bonus and additional $100,000 if still on staff at the end of the deal.

Factoring in those bonuses, Lupoi's average salary comes out to $416,000 per year, nearly tripling his salary at Cal.

Kiesau, who will serve as the Huskies offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, will earn an average of $400,000 per year during his three-year contract.

Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement Tuesday the program had made significant efforts to keep both Lupoi, regarded as one of the top recruiters in the Pac-12, and Kiesau on staff.

Barbour also sent an email to donors and season-tickets holders Friday expressing frustration with the timing of Lupoi and Kiesau's departure.

Their exits created a ripple effect in Cal's well-regarded 2012 signing class, with five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy decommitting and other players indicating they would reassess their options.

Cal did hire NFL veteran Wes Chandler as wide receivers coach Wednesday, but has yet to find a replacement for Lupoi.

Chandler served as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys, but is better known for his on-field accomplishments.

Drafted third overall in 1978 out of Florida, he played for 11 seasons for the New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers. Chandler made four Pro Bowls, one All-Pro team, and was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 2001.


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