Bakersfield College makes new appeal to football sanctions

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Bakersfield College elevated its appeal Tuesday of football program sanctions to the California Community College Athletics Association. The college announced the move Wednesday morning, a response to an earlier denial of an appeal to sanctions.

BC was ordered in May to vacate its 2012 CCCAA 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 late last month 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.

The appeal filed Tuesday to the CCCAA is the same presentation of the arguments presented in the earlier appeal to the SCFA, the school said. However, in addition to the previously submitted materials, BC said it's contending that the procedure used by SCFA in denying its appeal lacked transparency and fairness and violated fundamental due process.

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"I believe the penalties are overly broad and excessive for technical infractions that did not put our student athletes at a competitive advantage," said BC President Dr. Sonya Christian in a Wednesday morning news release. "The facts presented in the appeals document provide clarity on the actual nature of the infractions, and should lead to more appropriate sanctions on Bakersfield College."

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.