MISSION, Kan. -- Arizona State, whose football program already has been restricted by the Pacific-10 Conference, was placed on two years' probation by the NCAA for giving extra benefits to athletes and for other violations.
The NCAA said Wednesday in announcing what it termed 'severe' penalities that the university's football team may not participate in a postseason football bowl game during the 1981-82 academic year. Also under terms of the probation, the team may not appear on any NCAA-controlled television program or series during the 1981 or 1982 regular football seasons.
The NCAA directed that Arizona State will restrict one representative of its athletic interests from helping recruit prospective athletes during the probationary period, which was effective Dec. 30.
In fall 1979 it was reported that eight football players were certified eligible to play football on the basis of unearned extension course credits obtained from another college.
The Pacific 10 Conference then prohibited Arizona State from postseason football competition during the 1980-81 academic year and required forfeitures of certain football games played during the university's 1979 season.
'In arrivingat a penalty,' said Charles Alan Wright, chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, 'the committee took into account the sanctions imposed against Arizona State by its conference related to academic violations.
'However the committee also was concerned that other significant violations involving a variety of NCAA rules were discovered involving former members of the football coaching staff and the use of outside funds,' he said.
The panel found violations of NCAA rules in such areas as extra benefits to student athletes, complimentary tickets, financial aid, academic standards, ethical conduct and recruiting regulations.
One of the nearly two dozen violations cited by the NCAA occurred in August 1979 when the former head football coach at Arizona State gave cash to an athlete to cover the cost of a summer school extension course.
On several occasions from fall 1975 to September 1979, two former assistant football coaches and a representative of the university's athletic interests were involved in the purchase of complimentary tickets from athletes at a cost higher than the selling price, the panel said.
During the summer after the 1978-79 academic year, eight athletes received unearned academic credit through an extension program offered by another college without attending classes, the NCAA said. That unearned credit was used to certify them eligible to play football during the 1979-80 academic year.
In November 1977, while recruiting a prospective athlete, a representative of the university's athletic interest offered to give the man a parcel of land and financial backing to develop it after his graduation from the university.
Also, from 1975 to 1978, certain Arizona State athletes were permitted to charge the cost of gasoline to transport prospective athletes for entertainment during their official paid visits to the university, the NCAA said.