Arizona State announced self-imposed sanctions today for NCAA rules violations by its baseball program, stemming from a two-plus-year investigation. The penalties will include vacating wins in 2007 and reducing scholarships and prospect visits over the next two years. In August, Arizona State will appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions, which could accept the self-imposed penalties or add others. The Arizona Republic reports that the school could be subject to a repeat violation penalty by the NCAA because it remains under probation for football sanctions in 2005.
The Republic reported that the Sun Devils will vacate 44 of their 49 wins and postseason honors from the 2007 season, when ASU reached the College World Series. The school will conduct annual audits of phone calls during any term of probation set by the NCAA, prohibit phone calls during July 2010 and July 2011, reduce the number of permitted prospect visits from 25 to nine for 2010-11 and reduce scholarships by two no later than the 2011-12 school year.
Those are strong self-imposed penalties, which could preclude the NCAA from taking further action.
"Arizona State University remains committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity in its athletics programs," Arizona State athletic director Lisa Love said in a statement. "ASU baseball, in particular, based on a remarkable, competitive heritage has the unique potential to be exemplary on and off the field."
In November, the NCAA accused the baseball program of making 490 impermissable recruiting phone calls, improperly logging phone calls, and violations in the recruitment of former catcher Kiel Roling. The school is also accused of lack of institutional control of the baseball program. The violations cost long-time coach Pat Murphy his job. It's unclear how today's news will affect Murphy's attempts to land another job in college baseball.
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