Penalties stay in place against Arizona State

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- An NCAA appeals committee has upheld two major violations by Arizona State's baseball team and reduced a third to a secondary infraction.

Despite downgrading one violation, the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee announced Friday it will uphold penalties imposed last year, including the vacating of 44 wins from 2007 and a postseason ban effective next season.

The NCAA ruled last year that former head coach Pat Murphy, who resigned in 2009, failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance and committed numerous recruiting and other violations from 2004-08.

Other penalties included the reduction of scholarships, along with limitations on recruiting and coaching activities during practice.

The appeals committee found the penalties justified because it is a repeat violator. It was Arizona State's ninth major infraction, most of any NCAA school.