Renowned cosmologist to champion origins initiative at ASU

May 20, 2008

Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist whose research is so broad that it covers science from the beginning of the universe to the end of the universe, will join Arizona State University in August to assume a leadership role in an emerging research and educational initiative on “origins.”

“Lawrence Krauss has been at the forefront of trying to unify particle physics and cosmology; of trying to use the universe itself as a laboratory to understand fundamental interactions, fundamental science and fundamental physics,” says ASU President Michael Crow. “His ability to address fundamental questions of life, of origins – Where did we come from? Why are we here? – and to seek an understanding of the long-term sustainability of life on Earth, will facilitate this new research and educational initiative at Arizona State University.”

Krauss will join ASU’s faculty as professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He will come to ASU after 15 years at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, 12 as chair of the physics department. Previously, Krauss was a member of the physics and astronomy departments at Yale University.

“What attracted me to ASU was not only the entrepreneurial spirit and wonderful new colleagues, but also the opportunity to build on existing novel interdisciplinary programs to create a broad new structure that looks at exciting open issues of origins, ranging from the origins of the universe to the galaxy and solar system and onward to human origins, to origins of consciousness and culture. We will look for new symbiotic relationships, build excitement across disciplines, and help convey the wonder of discovery to the public,” says Krauss.

“Arizona State University has a long tradition of studying the origins of human beings; we have great strengths in applied, use-inspired research, in the Biodesign Institute and across our colleges and schools,” says Crow. “We also have tremendous interest in fundamental research, and Dr. Krauss will help define for ASU a major, comprehensive initiative, to answer the complex questions of our time.

“It’s foolish for us to believe that all origins have already happened. On the eve of a set of very rapid changes in our world, the only kind of origins we can observe, can truly document, are the origins of the future,” says Crow. “ASU aims to be a global leader in this area. This new, far-reaching initiative will help us build strong links with many of our existing research centers, including the Institute of Human Origins and the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science.”

“Human beings have always been interested in the origins around them, whether of the universe, or of Earth,” says Professor Sander van der Leeuw, director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. “Arizona State University has achieved an international reputation in human origins, with our Institute of Human Origins and our published research on the origins of modern humans and the origins of human uniqueness. While we already are addressing many questions of origins, there is a lot of space for a broader origins initiative at ASU, to address the origins story in a wider sense.”

Professor Paul Davies, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and director of ASU’s Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science says: “ASU has scored a major success in recruiting Krauss. He will act as a magnet for other world-class researchers. Krauss’ appointment will greatly strengthen ASU's expertise in cosmology – the study of the origin, evolution and fate of the universe as a whole.”

“Cosmology and its related area, particle astrophysics, are probably among the most exciting experimental and theoretical parts of physics and perhaps all of science, right now,” says Krauss. “We’re opening new windows on the universe, and with that, our understanding of our place within it is dramatically changing.”

When he looks across ASU, Krauss sees many complementary aspects for a comprehensive origins initiative.

“There’s great strength in human origins, sustainability, Biodesign, astrophysics, geology, life sciences and astrobiology. In fact, the person in Cleveland who discovered Lucy and built the human origins program at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where I am currently a trustee, is of course, Don Johanson, who’s at ASU,” Krauss says.

“From a research perspective, it will be incredibly interesting to mesh everything from cosmology to culture and at the same time to think of new ways to teach undergraduates,” says Krauss. “We’ll use the unifying principles to teach as well, and to try to get students from humanities and science together and interested in courses from each other’s areas; to have students do a kind of origins major where there are humanities components and science components together as a preparation for a truly 21st century liberal arts education,” says Krauss.

“Lawrence Krauss’ research and approach to teaching transcends boundaries and fits squarely with the mission of the college to integrate and innovate across the disciplines of natural sciences, social sciences and humanities,” says Sid Bacon, dean of natural sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Origins Symposium

Krauss also envisions “a kind of unifying structure that would sponsor visitors and research workshops as well, and, therefore, enhance the research at the institution, making it an international magnet for talent, as well as provide an international outreach center to enhance public understanding of origins issues.”

To jump start the origins initiative at ASU, Krauss is organizing an origins symposium for April 5-7 with Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, Craig Venter, and at least five Nobel laureates in different areas, including Frank Wilczek.

“This sort of symposium will help raise the intellectual energy in the region,” Krauss says. He plans to bring 100-150 “of the best people in the different areas, and have sessions on forefront puzzles, outstanding mysteries in each of these areas; and some of the most active young people as well as senior people, so key discoveries will likely be unveiled.”

In addition to the working symposium, “we’ll have a public symposium, which will, I think, be at a level that is probably unheard of in the world in terms of the quality and public profile of the speakers,” Krauss says.

He envisions other outreach efforts, including a workshop for science writers and journalists to interface with well-known scientists to talk about key origins issues “so that the journalists can better report on topics including evolution.”

Broad research

Krauss is the author of more than 250 scientific papers, usually working on several simultaneously.

“Right now, I’m looking at things as esoteric as gravitational waves from the very earliest moments of the big bang and concerns about whether our universe may be unstable; and trying to understand what probably is the biggest puzzle in science, and certainly in physics right now, something called dark energy,” says Krauss.

“The universe is dominated by the energy of empty space. There’s far more energy in empty space than in all the matter and all the galaxies and stars in the whole universe,” Krauss says. “And, we don’t have the slightest idea why it’s there.”

Another area of Krauss’ research – and, another big mystery – is dark matter. “Not to be confused with dark energy,” says Krauss. “Most of the mass in our galaxy doesn’t shine. We don’t know what it is. We think it’s some new type of elementary particle, which is distributed throughout the galaxies, and we’re trying to discover it by direct detection and indirect detection.”

Popular scientist and author

Scientific American has described Krauss as a public intellectual. In addition to writing the best-seller, “The Physics of Star Trek,” which has been translated into 13 languages, Krauss has written six other books, including “Fear of Physics,” “The Fifth Essence,” “Quintessence,” “Beyond Star Trek”, “Hiding in the Mirror,” and the science epic “Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth ... and Beyond.”

“Krauss has the rare ability to grasp the key foundational concepts across a range of sciences, and to explain them in an attractive and comprehensible way. His world-famous book ‘The Physics of Star Trek’ well captures the fun-loving, daring and out-of-the box thinking of this renowned scientist,” says Davies, who brought Krauss to ASU last November for the Beyond Center’s inaugural sci-fi meets sci-fact lecture.

“One of the reasons I write books is that one of the things that got me interested in science when I was a kid was reading books by Einstein, George Gamov and people like that. I am returning the favor,” says Krauss. “I meet lots of kids who read ‘The Physics of Star Trek’ who are graduate students or beyond, now in physics, who say that book is what convinced them to become a scientist.

”I think it’s vitally important for scientists to not only do what we do, but explain why we do what we do. We owe it to the public in the first place, but also because these ideas are some of the most exciting ideas that humans have ever come up with. As a civilization, we owe it to the people, for cultural reasons,” he says.

Krauss also writes commentary for New Scientist magazine and is a commentator for National Public Radio programs “Marketplace” and “All Things Considered.” In the past, he has written popular science articles for Nature, Discover, Wired, Physics World, Wizard and the Yearbook of Science, as well as having been a regular contributor to the New York Times.

Krauss also has appeared on numerous radio and television programs in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including three BBC documentaries, National Public Radio’s “Science Friday,” Nova, the Discovery Channel, CBC’s “Quirks and Quarks,” National Geographic and the History Channel.

Science, Public Policy and Society

Krauss has helped lead a national effort to defend and promote science, from Washington to the classroom, beginning in 2002 with his own successful efforts in Ohio to keep evolution in that state’s science curriculum, and continuing through 2004, when he was among a group of 62 prominent scientists who wrote a public statement to congress and the president regarding scientific integrity in Washington. He has continued to speak out on these issues, and most recently has helped lead the call for a presidential debate on science and technology.

He also remains active on issues of science and security. In 2007, he participated in a transatlantic press event unveiling the new Doomsday Clock, and associated with that, he has been writing extensively on issues related to nuclear defense and nuclear proliferation, and the dangers associated with a new nuclear arms race. This year he joined 94 other prominent scientists in a public statement calling on the United States to combat proliferation and begin unilateral reductions in our nuclear weapons stockpile.

Liner notes

Krauss was born in New York city and grew up in Toronto. He received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a doctorate in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At Case Western since 1993, Krauss is the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and a professor of astronomy. He also is the director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics. Previously, as an assistant professor at Yale University, Krauss received a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1986. He also was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University.

Krauss is the recipient of numerous international awards for his research accomplishments and his writing, and is the only physicist to have received the highest awards of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Institute of Physics. Krauss is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He also is a scientist with a flair for the arts and popular culture. Krauss has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, narrating Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.” He also was nominated for a Grammy award for his liner notes for a Telarc CD of music from “Star Trek.” In 2005, he served as a jury member at the Sundance Film Festival.

When he’s not writing, teaching, commentating or lecturing, Krauss says he enjoys scuba diving, fly fishing and mountain biking. Download Full Image

ASU baseball heads to Tucson to end regular season

May 21, 2008

Leading Off:
After a three game sweep of Washington, Arizona State closes out the regular season with a three-game series in Tucson against in-state rival Arizona. The Sun Devils have clinched at least a share of the 2008 Pac-10 title. Any combination of one ASU win or Stanford loss during the final weekend would give Arizona State its second straight Pac-10 title. Arizona is 36-15, 10-11 in Pac-10 play. They took two of three from Stanford last week. 

Devils vs. Arizona:
The Devils hold a 172-112 edge over Arizona since ASU began varsity baseball in 1959. Last season Arizona State went 3-2 against the Wildcats, including two wins in their Pac-10 series that clinched the conference title for the Sun Devils. ASU won the previous meeting this season, beating Arizona 6-5 in Tempe. Download Full Image

40 Win Seasons:
Arizona State won its 40th game of the season on May 11, the fifth time in the past six years it has totaled at least 40 wins. It is the 29th time in school history that the baseball team has hit the 40 win mark and the 46th straight season they have won at least 30 games. It is also the 48th season out of 50 that ASU has won at least 30 games. ASU won 43 regular season games in 2007.

200 Club:
With the win over Stanford on April 4, head coach Pat">">Pat Murphy recorded his 200th career victory in Pac-10 play. Murphy now holds a 211-146 career mark in conference action, including conference titles in 2000 and 2007. Murphy has the third most Pac-10 victories among active coaches, trailing Stanford's Mark Marquess (520 in 31 years) and Washington's Ken Knutson (226 in 15 years). Murphy is in his 14th season at Arizona State.

Facing Tough Competition:
The Sun Devils will face one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2008. 14 of their opponents are or have been ranked at some point this season, including 11 who have spent time in the top 10. 

Arizona State is ranked #2 in Baseball America, #3 by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA and #4 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and

Washington Recap:
Washington came into the weekend series with the top ERA in the Pac-10, but they left Packard Stadium battered and bruised, having given up 37 runs to the Devils in a three-game ASU sweep...Friday night was supposed to be a pitchers duel between UW's Jorden Merry and Mike">">Mike Leake, but Merry lasted 2.2, allowing nine runs on 10 hits. Petey">">... Paramore went 4-5 with a homer in the 13-3 ASU victory, while LeakeJosh">">Josh Satow was masterful on Saturday, allowing only a run in six innings to pick up the win in the 11-4 triumph. Ryan">">Ryan Sontag, Jason">">Jason Kipnis, Brett">">B... Wallace and Kiel">">Kiel Roling all homered in the win...The Devils mustered only two hits through the first three innings, but scored five in the fourth, breaking open a close game. Ike">">Ike Davis had three hits and Brett">">B... WallaceArizona State's 13-7 win to sweep the series. allowed only one run in eight innings to pick up the victory... hit a grand slam in

Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Kiel">">Kiel Roling was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, the second time this season he has earned the award. Roling also won the award on April 29. It is the fifth time this season a Sun Devil has won the award. Brett">">B... Wallace won opening weekend and Ike">">Ike Davis won back-to-back weeks in March.

Time To Pick The Field:
Arizona State head coach Pat">">Pat Murphy is in his second season as a member of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. Murphy will not be traveling to Indianapolis due to the series in Tucson, instead he will be meeting with the committee members via teleconference.

Golden Spikes Semifinalists:
Ike">">Ike Davis and Brett">">B... Wallace have been named semifinalists for the 2008 Golden Spikes Award.  Wallace was a semifinalist last season. Arizona State is one of nine schools with more than one semifinalist. ASU has had three Golden Spikes winners, Bob Horner, Oddibe McDowellMike Kelly. and

20-Game Winner:
Sophomore Mike">">Mike Leake picked up his 20th career victory with his complete game win over the Golden Bears on April 25, becoming only the ninth Sun Devil in history to win at least 20 games in their second year in Tempe. Leake is also only the fourth to do it as a sophomore, joining Ken Jones (1978-79), Kendall Carter (1981-82) and Doug Henry (1983-84). It was Leake's second complete game this season and fourth of his career.  Leake is 9-1 on the year, has 22 career victories and was named a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award.

            20-Game Winners In First Two Seasons At ASU

            Jeff">">Jeff Pentland, 1966-67

            Eddie Bane, 1971-72

            Jim Otten, 1972-73

            Ken Jones, 1978-79*

            Kendall Carter, 1981-82*

            Doug Henry, 1983-84*

            Linty Ingram, 1987-88

            Jason">">... Urquidez, 2004-05

            Mike">">Mike Leake, 2007-08*

            *- Freshman and Sophomore years

Team USA:
Mike">">Mike Leake was among the initial 12 players selected for the USA National Team Trials to be held over the summer. 32 total players will be invited, with 22 making the final roster. Last year, Brett">">B... Wallace and Petey">">... Paramore played for Team USA during the summer. 

Powering Up:
Brett">">B... Wallace homered twice against the Huskies, giving him 19 on the season, a new career high. He surpasses last season's 16 homers and has now hit 42 long balls in his career, 6th most in Arizona State history. He is two shy of Dan Rumsey (1986-89) for fifth on the list. Bob Horner is the all-time leader, leaving the yard 56 times from 1976 to 1978.

      Most Career Home Runs, ASU History

      1. Bob Horner, 1976-78............... 56

      2. Jeff">">Jeff Larish, 2002-05................. 51

      3. Mike">">Mike Kelly, 1989-91................. 46

      4. Barry Bonds, 1983-85.............. 45

      5. Dan Rumsey, 1986-89............. 44

      6. Brett">">B... Wallace, 2006-P.......... 42

      7. Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-99...... 40

      8. Casey">">Casey Myers, 1998-2001.......... 39

      9. Mitch">">Mitch Jones, 1999-2000............ 38

Academic All-District:
Junior Petey">">... Paramore and sophomore Mike">">Mike Leake were each named First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII selections. With the selections, they are both eligible for Academic All-American status. Paramore was a First Team Academic All-Pac-10 selection last season.

Visiting With The Home Run King:
The Sun Devils got a surprise visit from former ASU star and Major League Baseball Home Run King Barry Bonds on May 2 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Bonds, who lives by the UCLA campus, watched ASU take batting practice from the dugout and shared some hitting tips and stories with the current Devils. He cheered on ASU to the victory Friday night from the stands while wearing an ASU hat.

So Nice Do It Twice:
Apparently the meeting with Barry Bonds worked for Arizona State, as they hammered 10 homers against the Bruins. They hit back-to-back homers three times, including twice in the finale. Brett">">B... Wallace and Petey">">... Paramore did it Friday night in the fourth inning, then Mike">">Mike LeakeRaoul">">Raoul Torrez did it in the third inning on Sunday. Jason">">Jason Kipnis and Wallace did it again in the fifth inning on Sunday. The Devils hadn't hit back-to-back homers since May 19, 2006, when Ike">">Ike Davis and Brett">">B... Wallace did it in Tucson against Arizona. and

Bull Out Of The Bullpen:
Tommy">">... Rafferty earned a save against Washington, putting his record on the season at 11-0 with four saves. Rafferty is the first Sun Devil since Kaipo Spenser in 1994 to win his first 10 decisions in a season. Rafferty has won all 11 games out of the bullpen, the only pitcher in the country with that many victories all coming without a start. Rafferty is also tied for the second most wins in school history without making a start. Noah Peery went 11-2 in 39 relief appearances in 1994. Only Dave Alexander, who was 12-2 in 30 relief appearances in 1989, has ever won more games in a season without a start. Rafferty leads the Pac-10 with the 11 victories and is tied with Arizona's Daniel Schlereth for first with 30 appearances. Rafferty transferred to ASU from Angelo State, where he made 19 appearances all of 2006. He sat out 2007 after Angelo State did not grant him his release. Rafferty was named to the midseason watch list for the Stopper of the Year Award. 

Six Sun Devils graduated from Arizona State University this month, including five players and one student coach. Greg">">Greg Bordes, Dustin">">D... Brader, Mike">">Mike Jones, Tommy">">... Rafferty and Ryan">">Ryan Sontag were joined by student coach Derik">">Derik Olvey at graduation ceremonies. Rocky">">Rocky Laguna graduated last year.

Super Smash Brothers:
Ike">">Ike Davis and Brett">">B... Wallace have combined to hit 74 home runs over their nearly three seasons in Maroon and Gold (32 for Davis, 42 for Wallace). The two have homered in the same game seven times in their career, including twice this season. Davis and Wallace have also combined for 375 runs batted in since 2006. Davis and Wallace have both been named semifinalists for the Dick Howser Trophy. Wallace was a semifinalist last year.

Ike">">Ike Davis The Man-Child:
Junior Ike">">Ike Davis is turning in another stellar season, something ASU fans have become accustomed to over his three years in Maroon and Gold. Ike has five career multi-homer games, all of which have come this season and he has a 4-1 record on the mound with four saves. Davis has 15 homers on the season, extending his career high. His previous high was nine, which he did during his Pac-10 Freshman of the Year campaign in 2006. He also has 62 RBI, three short of his career high, also set in 2006. Davis has 188 RBI in his career, good for 10th place on the school's all-time list. He returned from injury this weekend, collecting five hits in the three-game series.
       Most RBI, ASU History

      1. Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-99...... 283

      2. Casey">">Casey Myers, 1998-2001.......... 275

      3. Clay Westlake, 1973-76........... 250

      4. Jeff">">Jeff Larish, 2002-05................. 235

      5. Bob Horner, 1976-78............... 229

      6. Antone Williamson, 1992-94..... 203

      7. Alvin Davis, 1979-82................ 200

      8. Mike">">Mike Kelly, 1989-91................. 194

         Ken Landreaux, 1974-76........... 194

      10. Ike">">Ike Davis, 2006-P............... 188

      11. Brett">">B... Wallace, 2006-P........ 187

Mr. Double:
Ike">">Ike Davis is climbing up the school's all-time doubles list. Davis now has 67 doubles in his career, fifth most all-time. Clay WestlakeDavis (1973-76) is the school's all-time leader with 88. has 24 this year after hitting 23 last season.

      Most Career Doubles, ASU History

      1. Clay Westlake, 1973-76........... 88

      2. Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-99...... 75

      3. Dustin">">... Pedroia, 2002-04........... 71

      4. Antone Williamson, 1992-94..... 70

      5.   Ike">">Ike Davis, 2006-P............... 67

      6. Casey">">Casey Myers, 1998-2000.......... 64

      7. Dan Rumsey, 1986-89............. 58

      8. Jeff">">Jeff Phelps, 1998-2001............. 57

         Jeff">">Jeff Larish, 2002-05.................. 57

Walk This Way:
Petey">">... Paramore led the Pac-10 in bases on balls last season, totaling 53 in 64 games. His good eye has continued so far in 2008, as he has drawn 50 walks. Paramore now has 137 walks in his career and is only the 22nd Sun Devil to ever draw over 100. The 137 walks is the fifth most in school history. Alvin Davis (1979-82) is the all-time leader with 207.

      Most Career Walks, ASU History

      1. Alvin Davis, 1979-82................ 207

      2. Jeff">">Jeff Larish, 2002-05................. 200

      3. Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-99...... 154

      4. Clay Westlake, 1973-76........... 148

      5. Petey">">... Paramore, 2006-P...... 137

      6. Doug Newstrom, 1991-93......... 131

      7. Mike">">Mike Kelly, 1989-91................. 127

      8. Barry Bonds, 1983-85.............. 122

      9. Willie"> Bloomquist, 1997-99....... 119

         Rick Peters, 1974-77................ 119

Wall Ball:
Only 22 players have ever hit a ball over the Green Monster at Packard Stadium, and three of them are on the current roster. Last season, Brett">">B... Wallace did it and earlier this season Jason">">Jason Kipnis did it. Ike">">Ike Davis joined the list against UC Irvine on March 23. All the more impressive, Davis broke his bat on the swing. 16 of the 22 players to clear the wall were Sun Devils. 

Keeping A Weather Eye:
Arizona State is drawing a ton of walks as a team, drawing 338 so far this season, including a whopping 47 against Cal State Fullerton and Cal. During the series finale with the Golden Bears, the Devils drew 16 walks, two short of the school record set in 1959. The Sunday game with Cal was called in the seventh inning. Last season they drew 319 free passes as a team. The school record for bases on balls in a season is 482, set in 1982. The Devils have also been hit by 67 pitches this year. Brett">">B... Wallace, who has drawn 41 walks, has also been given the intentional free pass a team leading six times.

Are You Experienced?:
Entering the 2008 season, the Sun Devils had only 12 players on their roster with Pac-10 Baseball experience. Of those 12, only four were pitchers. ASU has used eight pitchers this season who had no prior Pac-10 experience, as well as nine position players who had never played in the Pac-10 before. Mike">">Mike Leake, Josh">">Josh Satow, Ike">">Ike Davis, Brett">">B... Wallace, Ryan">">Ryan Sontag, Petey">">... Paramore and Kiel">">Kiel Roling were the only returners with significant starting experience

30-Game Starts:
The 2008 Sun Devils went 28-2 during their first 30 games, matching the 2003 Sun Devils for best start through the first 30 games of a season in school history. The 2003 team finished the year 54-14, falling to Cal State Fullerton in three games at the Fullerton Super Regional.

Call To The Hall For Bane and Bannister:
Legendary Sun Devil pitchers Eddie Bane and Floyd Bannister have been named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008. BaneBane is the school's leader in career strikeouts, fanning 535 in his three seasons in Maroon and Gold. Floyd Bannister went 38-6 with a 1.88 ERA from 1974 to 1976, throwing 29 career complete games, second most in school history. He won 19 games in 1976, tied for the school single season record, and struck out an ASU record 217 in 1975. He was the #1 overall pick in the 1976 MLB draft. Bane and Bannister join Bobby Winkles, Jim Brock and Bob Horner as Sun Devils in the College Baseball Hall of Fame. pitched for ASU from 1971 to 1973, recording a 40-4 career record with a 1.64 ERA. He threw the only perfect game in Sun Devil history, striking out 19 in a 9-0 win over Cal State Northridge in 1973.

Family Matters:
Freshman OF/LHP Matt">">Matt Newman has Maroon and Gold in his blood. His father, Randy, was a pitcher for the Sun Devils in 1981 and 1982, winning 15 career games and the 1981 National Championship. Freshman catcher Andrew">">A... Pollak is the brother of former Sun Devil football great Mike Pollak, who played center for the Devils from 2004 to 2007. Mike was a two-time All-Pac-10 performer. Andrew wears number 76, the same number Mike wore on the gridiron. UTL Mike">">Mike Murphy is no relation to head coach Pat">">Pat Murphy, although he is the first player named Murphy Pat">">Pat Murphy has ever coached. New assistant coach Josh">">Josh Holliday is the son of former Oklahoma State head baseball coach Tom Holliday and the brother of current Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday.

Pac-10 Picks:
The Sun Devils were picked to finish second in the Pac-10 in the annual preseason coaches poll. ASU got three first place votes, while ArizonaArizona State won the Pac-10 last season. Arizona finished second. was picked to win with six first place votes.

Wallace Award Watch List:
Arizona State has four players on the Wallace Award Watch List. Brett">">B... Wallace, Ike">">Ike Davis, Mike">">Mike Leake and Tommy">">... Rafferty are all on the current list. Wallace was Semi-Finalist for the award last season.

Captain and the Bench Award Watch List:
Head coach Pat">">Pat Murphy has named junior catcher Petey">">... Paramore as the captain of the 2008 Sun Devils. Paramore has also been named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, one of 12 on the list.

Coach Murphy Honored:
Pat">">Pat Murphy has been inducted into the Florida Atlantic University Baseball Hall of Fame. Murphy played for the Owls from 1981 to 1982, then coached three years at the school. 

Honoring Pat Tillman:
Former ASU football player and American Hero Pat Tillman had strong ties to the ASU Baseball program. In addition to his brother Kevin playing for ASU, Pat became extremely close with head coach Pat">">Pat Murphy. Murphy wears jersey #42 in honor of Tillman, and in January 2007, Murph donated $100,000 to the baseball program for the construction of the Tillman Training Room, a room that will honor both Pat and Kevin and their commitment to both Arizona State University and the United States of America. The team wears a memorial "PT*42" patch on their jerseys in honor of Pat.

Up Next:
Arizona State will wait and see if they will host a regional for next week's NCAA Tournament.