A former Arizona State player and graduate manager is accusing the Sun Devils of academic fraud and recruiting violations within the baseball program, according to the East Valley (Ariz.) Tribune.
Mikel Moreno, who played on ASU’s 1998 College World Series team and served as a graduate manager last year, reported his allegations to a compliance officer at the school in January, and ASU launched a probe into the claims.
Sun Devils coach Pat Murphy told the paper he expects no major violations to be found. He told Moreno in December that he could no longer be part of the program.
“The bottom line is when you have a disgruntled employee that leaves and makes it his mark to take down the program, you go through some uncomfortable times,” Murphy told the Tribune. “The university has to do its due diligence . . . My fear is people won’t remember what happens after the accusations are made. I hope everybody stays tuned for the outcome.”
Moreno told KTAR.com that the allegations he made were the "tip of the iceberg."
"The thing that really annoyed me was that (Murphy) said I was trying to take the program down," Moreno said. "I don’t want the program to suffer and I realize it is going to. Pat Murphy holds a heavy hand. Players fall into line and they don’t want to rock the boat because it’s a heavy hand to be dealt."
We’ll have more on this story as more information comes to light.
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