We are now within 50 days of the start of the College Baseball season. I thought we would take a look at my top ten storylines for the upcoming season. We did put out our 2011 College World Series Predictions back on July 6th. Continue reading Top 10 Storylines for 2011 Season
Arizona State University will appeal the postseason ban which was levied against them this past week for NCAA violations under former head coach Pat Murphy according to the Arizona Republic. ASU president Michael Crow confirmed the appeal but Vice President for Athletics Lisa Love and baseball coach Tim Esmay have not spoken about the situation. Continue reading Arizona State to Appeal Postseason Ban
On Wednesday afternoon, the Arizona State Baseball program learned of their punishment from the NCAA after seven major violations and two secondary violations from 2004 through 2009. This was Arizona State’s ninth major NCAA violation in school history, with previous cases taking place in 2005 (football), 1997 (men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track), 1988 (men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track), 1986 (men’s basketball), 1985 (baseball, men’s gymnastics, wrestling), 1980 (football, men’s track (indoor and outdoor), 1959 (football) and 1954 (football). Continue reading Arizona State Violations Outlined and Reaction
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
NCAA Report available by clicking here.
The findings of the NCAA concerning the ASU baseball program fall principally into four categories:
1) Violations stemming from poor record keeping
2) Making more than the permissible one phone call a week to recruits
3) The improper recruitment of one player
4) Use of student managers during practices
The essence of the NCAA’s findings, as stated in the NCAA news release, is, “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.”
Sports Illustrated recently wrote an outstanding article on former NFL agent Josh Luchs who on multiple occasions paid potential clients with cash, concert tickets, and/or meals throughout his career in the industry. In light of these allegations it begs the question. Is this type of activity also going on in college baseball and if so to what extent?
In the past couple of years there have been several players suspended for having improper relationships with agents including a pair of high profile cases involving former Kentucky pitcher James Paxton and former Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Oliver.
Tennessee Athletic Director Mike Hamilton confirmed that the baseball program is part of the NCAA ongoing investigation of the university. According to sources with GoVolsXtra, the probe involves two issues which are not major violations. The Vols went 30-26 last season while going 12-18 in the SEC missing the postseason tournament for the second straight season under Todd Raleigh.
The NCAA is set to meet with Arizona State and Pat Murphy on Friday in Seattle according to a report from Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic. Pat Murphy was fired by Arizona State on November 20th by Athletic Director Lisa Love over the NCAA allegations that were getting investigated. (FULL ARTICLE)
According to a report by the Miami Herald, the University of Miami (FL) football, women’s track, and possibly baseball are facing an NCAA inquiry into recruiting violations by the coaches in which they sent impermissible text messages.
One of the most important stories in College Baseball in the last couple of years has been the Academic Progress Rates (APR) which have been historically low for college baseball student athletes. The NCAA implemented the policy during the 2007-2008 school year looking to improve the APR for baseball and it has risen since the policy has been in place.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
TEMPE, AZ – ASU announced that it has self-imposed sanctions and corrective actions on its baseball program for violating NCAA rules. These actions result from an investigation initiated by ASU in association with the Pacific-10 Conference in January 2008 and a subsequent investigation by the NCAA.
“Arizona State University remains committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity in its athletics programs,” said Lisa Love, vice president for University Athletics. “ASU baseball, in particular, based on a remarkable, competitive heritage has the unique potential to be exemplary on and off the field.”
The ASU investigation found that from January 2004 to June 2009 the baseball coaching staff made approximately 500 impermissible telephone contacts with prospective student-athletes in violation of the one-call-per-week rule.