UPDATED on 11/21 at 2:15AM
Mark Rafferty who contributes to this site and runs PitchForkNation.com has informed me that Arizona State baseball coach Pat Murphy resigned effective immediately according to a press release from ASU. Murphy was set to enter his 16th season with the Sun Devils program. He led the Sun Devils to the College World Series four times while being a dominant team in the Pac-10 conference winning it the last three seasons. PitchforkNation.com is all over this story so I encourage you to check out the site by clicking here.
UPDATE #1: Josh Holliday left Arizona State after last season for Vanderbilt and Tim Esmy did not return this season after spending nine seasons with his alma mater. Also, Andy Stankiewicz resigned two days ago for a scouting job in MLB. This was a normal move but now it is questionable on whether he knew something was on the horizon? I am trying to track down the reason.
UPDATE #2: Amy K. Nelson and Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN both wrote a fantastic article back in 2008 about the relationship of Murphy and former player Max Moreno that you can check out by clicking here.
UPDATE #3: Couple of my sources around the Arizona State program state that Athletic Director Lisa L. Love and Murphy butted heads during her tenure at the school. This is not unexpected as you can see from the link above that Murphy can rub people the wrong way.
UPDATE #4: Aaron Fitt of Baseball America has an interesting quote from Pat Murphy’s close friend and Oregon State head coach Pat Casey which shows this was not planned at all. Fitt says “I just got off the phone with Oregon State coach Pat Casey, who had not yet heard the news about Murphy’s resignation and was understandably stunned. Casey is one of Murphy’s closest friends in the college coaching world, and the fact that Casey hadn’t heard this news indicates that this decision was not planned well in advance. Casey even said he spoke with Murphy on the phone “the other day” and Murphy did not say anything about a plan to resign.”
UPDATE #5: Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic has some interesting comments from ASU Vice President of Athletics Lisa Love. “We’re supportive and appreciative of his work,” Love said of Murphy. “We’re working on an interim staff for this (upcoming 2010) season. That’s of the utmost concern. Then we’ll begin a national search” for a new coach. About the timing of the resignation, Love said: “It’s been a long, hard couple of years and an arduous process. Pat is where he is, and we’re where we are. It’s an amicable parting dictated by Pat.””
UPDATE #6: The State Press which is the student paper for Arizona State has a couple of quotes from players.
“This is a shock to everyone in the program. We just found out about this today,” senior third baseman Raoul Torrez said. “It’s kind of hard to deal with it right now, but if we stick together, we’ll make it through.”
Said senior first baseman Kole Calhoun: “This is a sad day for ASU. … Nobody thought this was going to happen when we came to lift this morning, but it did and now we can just move forward. No matter what happens with leadership or whatever else is going on, our goal is always to win a national championship, so that’s where we stand.”
UPDATE #7: The East Valley Tribune writer Scott Bordow has a great article about some of the great things that Murphy did when he was a head coach that not everybody might be aware of.
You can check out the press release below from Arizona State media relations.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University baseball coach Pat Murphy announced his resignation today. An interim head coach will assume responsibility for the program until his replacement is selected.
“Coach Murphy has an outstanding record of success on the playing field,” said Lisa Love, university vice president for athletics. “I thank him for 16 years of hard work and service to the university and the sport.”
Pat Murphy became ASU’s head baseball coach in August 1994. During his tenure, he was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year four times, his teams took three straight Pac-10 titles and four World Series berths, and in 1998 he was named the National Coach of the Year.
Since the 2000 season, no other Pac-10 school has won as many games as ASU, both overall and conference games. Murphy has also had more players drafted by Major League Baseball since 1995 than any other coach in the nation.
ASU will immediately begin a national search for a new head baseball coach.