BC violates athletic rules, must give up football championship

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Bakersfield College must vacate its 2012 state football championship and all wins from the last two seasons after it was found in violation of multiple California Community College Athletics Association regulations.

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

The BC Renegades football program will also be under a postseason ban for this season and on probation for each of the next two seasons.

Specific 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.

BC said it will also take appropriate action against personnel involved in the violations, thought the school didn't provide details.