Bakersfield College files appeal to football sanctions

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Bakersfield College officials have formally appealed sanctions announced last month against their football program.

BC was ordered 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.

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.

In announcing its action to appeal the sanctions Wednesday, BC president Dr. Sonya Christian said, "Our ongoing investigation has established that there is in fact no evidence that Bakersfield College in any real way subsidized student athletes or provided recruitment inducements."