NCAA upholds penalties on Arizona State baseball program

The NCAA has upheld two major violations committed by the Arizona State baseball program, while reducing a third from major to secondary.

The school appealed some of the violations last year, but the NCAA infractions appeals committed announced its decision Friday.

A series of violations were involved -- including coaching staff limits, paying student-athletes for work not performed, use of an impermissible recruiter and a lack of institutional control -- during a period of more than five years.

The NCAA report said the university argued three of the violations, including coaching staff limits and paying student-athletes for work not performed, were secondary and not major. Arizona State also appealed two of the penalties -- a three-year probation and a postseason competition ban.

But the appeals committee found the penalties imposed by the NCAA were justified.

The penalties also included the vacation of all wins from the 2007 season, scholarship reductions, a vacation of wins, recruiting restrictions and limitations on coaching activity.

The coach at the time, Pat Murphy, stepped down in 2009 after 15 years in the position.