Bakersfield College takes legal action over football sanctions

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Bakersfield College has filed legal action over football program sanctions.

BC was ordered in May to vacate its 2012 California Community College Athletics 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.

Appeals to the SCFA and CCCAA were denied, with the school getting word Aug. 30 that the third appeal failed.

The college and district have retained the services of C. Christine Maloney of Foster Employment Law to lead the legal action against CCCAA, the college said Tuesday. Papers were served to CCCAA and SCFA on Friday.

"Even though this entire matter could have been resolved with the CCCAA through a fair and equitable process, we were denied that," school president Dr. Sonya Christian said in a news release. "Submitting to binding arbitration that CCCAA has dictated, which we firmly believe does not promote due process, was not an option. We felt our only option was to seek legal redress."

According to the SCFA, 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.