ASU baseball banned from 2011 postseason

TEMPE (AP) — Arizona State’s baseball team must vacate 44 of its wins from 2007 and is banned from the postseason in 2011 under sanctions announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions ruled former head coach Pat Murphy failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and committed numerous recruiting and other violations from 2004-08.

The penalties, many self-imposed by the university, including reduction of two scholarships by 2011-12, recruiting restrictions and limitations on coaching activity during practice. Arizona State vacated 44 of its 49 wins from 2007, including its Pac-10 title and College World Series games.

Murphy, who announced his resignation in 2009, received a one-year show-cause penalty.

The committee noted the case is the school’s ninth with major infractions, most of any NCAA member school.

“The violations were the result of poor record keeping, failure to monitor and a cavalier attitude on the part of the former head baseball coach to NCAA regulations,” the committee said in its report. Further, the committee report notes that the university did not “self-detect any of the violations in this case.”

ASU issued a statement (click here to read the full statement) saying that it intends to appeal the report and postseason ban because it disagrees with some of the findings and the characterization of some infractions as major rather than secondary. The university described the ban as unduly harsh and said it unfairly punishes many student athletes and coaches who were not involved in the violations.

The NCAA said Murphy and several assistants made more than 500 impermissible recruiting calls, including about 25 before the prospective student-athletes’ junior year. The committee said it was hard to tell the precise number of impermissible calls because Murphy and his staff did not properly document recruiting calls.

The committee found Murphy violated several rules while recruiting one particular prospect by making impermissible calls and directing a team manager who used to coach at the student’s two-year institution to recruit him, even though the manager was not an authorized recruiter for the school.

The committee ruled that Murphy asked four student-athletes to decrease all or a portion of their scholarships so it could be used for new or incoming student-athletes. Murphy also was ruled to have paid 20 baseball players more than $5,800 from his own nonprofit organization for work they did not perform.

Murphy spent 15 seasons at Arizona State, leading the Sun Devils to the College World Series four times. He signed in November to manage the Eugene Emeralds, a single-A team in San Diego’s system.