NCAA Charges Against Arizona State Baseball Specified

December 19, 2009

Report Sent To ASU Last Month Specifies Ten Alleged Violations

The Arizona Republic Newspaper has obtained the report sent by the NCAA to Arizona State that spells out the alleged violations by the ASU baseball program.  Arizona State Vice President for Athletics Lisa Love apparently received the notice on Nov. 19.  The next day the university announced the “resignation” of baseball coach Pat Murphy, who had been the Sun Devil’s head coach for 15 years.  He took ASU to the College World Series four times.

Following are the allege NCAA violations as published by the Republic:

1. Baseball officials violated a one-call-per-week rule by making at least 490 phone calls to prospective athletes between January 2004 and June 2009, the NCAA said.

2. Baseball coach Pat Murphy and four others allegedly committed ethical violations and compromised the NCAA investigation by discussing, and preparing spreadsheets on, matters related to the probe.

3. A then-assistant coach engaged in unethical conduct by denying he had conversations with another staff member about improper phone calls to prospects, the NCAA said.

4. Murphy and a former staffer violated phone-call and other rules in recruiting a prospective athlete.

5. Former athletes, designated as student managers, performed on-field coaching duties during games and batting practices. Their involvement violated regulations that limit the number of coaches.

6. Baseball athletes received impermissible training at non-ASU sports centers between spring 2004 and spring 2008 for a total of $63,000 in extra benefits.

7. Twenty athletes received a combined $5,889 for work they did not do in Murphy’s Programs for Youth program.

8. Murphy failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance with NCAA rules and to monitor practices of baseball administrators between January 2004 and June 2009, the NCAA alleged.

9. ASU violated institutional control principles related to allegations No. 1, 5, 6 and 7.

10. ASU committed a secondary, or lesser, violation by conducting a baseball camp for six prospective athletes during a period when no recruiting was to take place.

Love issued a statement earlier this week reasserting the school’s “unyielding commitment to rules compliance”.

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