Bakersfield College's appeal to football sanctions is denied

Bakersfield College's appeal to football sanctions is denied

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Bakersfield College's appeal to sanctions announced last month against its football program has been denied.

The college is preparing another appeal, it said Tuesday morning.

BC was ordered last month to vacate its 2012 California Community College Athletic Association football championship and all wins from the last two seasons after it was found in violation of multiple CCCAA regulations.

The Southern California Football Association found the violations applied to the football program and involved an unofficial booster organization, The Helmet Club.

The BC Renegades football program is also supposed to be under a postseason ban for the upcoming season and on probation for each of the next two seasons.

BC was notified Monday by the SCFA that the appeal was denied. SCFA reached its decision via conference call, according to BC, and also denied the college's request for a testimonial hearing to present new evidence.

“We seek a fair and just outcome for the Bakersfield College Renegades, from our state champion football players, to every student who attends Bakersfield College, to our alumni and community supporters,” said school president Dr. Sonya Christian in a news release Tuesday. “We have always maintained that appropriate sanctions against the college are understandable but those against our students are not justified, even by the rules and regulations of CCCAA.”

The college has 10 working days to submit an appeal to the CCCAA. School officials said that appeal is being prepared.

Specific alleged violations, involving player benefits, were:

-- Paying students for work with funds raised by a nonaffiliated booster club. The work was arranged without the oversight of BC and was given to only football players.

-- Housing BC football players from outside the permissible recruiting area in lodging facilitated by staff.

-- Facilitating the payment of rent to the owner of the housing.

-- Implying the availability of housing and student work to gain interest from players.

-- Providing a weekly meal to football players, subsidized by boosters.

-- Providing a dinner to football players before home games.