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2011 J. NCAA Compliance 1 (2011)

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Arizona State Hit with Major and Secondary

By Jonathan   Cook, Florida Coastal School  of Law 3L

On August 13, 2010, Arizona State University appeared at a NCAA Infractions
Committee hearing to answer alleged infractions including use of an
impermissible recruiter, excessive phone calls, breach of coaching staff
limitations, impermissible use of a consultant, and paying student-athletes for
work that was not performed. The key major infraction the Committee found was
that the baseball coaching staff made impermissible phone calls over a span of 5
years from 2004-2009. The Committee also found Arizona State violated the
NCAA  rules in all of the other alleged major infractions, found two related
secondary violations, and found that the program generally lacked institutional
control. Including this latest string of major infractions, the school now has an
NCAA  record of nine infractions cases. Since Arizona State is a repeat offender of
NCAA  rules, it is also subject to a special set of provisions of the NCAA bylaws
concerning repeat violators for a period of five years starting December 15,

Background   On  Arizona State And  Coach  Murphy

Arizona State University is a member of the Pacific 10 Conference and has an
enrollment of approximately 67,000 students. Arizona State has 21 varsity sports
including 12 women's teams and nine men's teams. Arizona State has one of the
premiere baseball teams in the NCAA. It has had a baseball team for over 51
years and is considered one of the most successful baseball programs in the
NCAA.  The program ranks third in the NCAA with College World Series
appearances as well as third in most wins in the CWS with five championships.

Pat Murphy was the head baseball coach for 15 years at Arizona State before his
resignation November 20, 2010. Murphy had been named Pac-10 Coach of the
year three times in his tenure. Three of the past five seasons he took his team to
the CWS. Coach Murphy  alleged he was fired without cause, but the University
reported that he resigned.

Violations And  Findings

With regards to the baseball program, the Infractions Committee's report found
excessive phone calls, use of an impermissible recruiter, breach of financial aid
rules, breach of coaching staff limitations, impermissible use of a consultant, and
paying student-athletes for work that was not performed. They also found two
related secondary violations. The Committee blamed the school's infractions on a

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