Arizona State AD Lisa Love Responds To Media Scrutiny

December 18, 2009

ASU Responds To Reports Amidst Murphy Controversy

Arizona State Vice President for Athletics Lisa Love has issued a statement through the school’s athletic web site that says the school has “an unyielding commitment to rules compliance”.  Love issued the statement after media reports indicated the NCAA has issued ASU a notice of allegations against the Sun Devil’s baseball program.  Love did not mention the NCAA allegations.

Here is her statement:

Lisa Love (ASU Photo)

Lisa Love (ASU Photo)

“This statement is in response to recent media coverage.  Arizona State University’s athletics program has an unyielding commitment to rules compliance.  We adhere to policies that govern fair play, and when called into question, have embarked on self-evaluation to determine both the facts of the matter and, if necessary, corrective action. The style with which we proactively and transparently manage, self-correct if needed, and report findings to authorities (even inviting authorities to jointly participate in preliminary reviews), has been cited by the organizations that govern us as model management.”

“In a recent compliance review conducted by the Pacific-10 Conference in conjunction with the NCAA recertification process the following statement was made about ASU: “In every key area, the vital components of an effective compliance program are in place, and they are functioning properly.”

“External reviews of our compliance program go well beyond the NCAA prescription. In fact, the number and regularity of our external audits has been cited as an industry standard.”

“Intercollegiate Athletics at ASU’s mission consists of three parts: educating and graduating our student-athletes, playing by the rules, and winning at the championship level. All three parts of the mission are critical to our success and, when any one element is not being served, we take appropriate action to address the problem.”

“We appreciate your support and commitment to the continued success of the Arizona State University Sun Devils, both on and off the playing field.”

CLICK HERE for more background on the potential NCAA allegations against ASU and former head coach Pat Murphy.

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