Bakersfield College continues fight against football sanctions

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield College emphasized Monday that Bakersfield College's legal effort continues in an effort to overturn sanctions against the football team in 2013.

"Bakersfield College's legal effort against the CCCAA has not been dismissed," said Amber Chiang, spokesperson with Bakersfield College. "The judge has taken the CCCAA's challenge to the complaint under advisement, and has not yet ruled on the matter."

This announcement comes after a Sacramento County Superior Court Judge sustained an objection to the lawsuit.

On May 14, 2013 Bakersfield College was stripped of all wins from 2011 and 2012 which included a CCCAA state football title.

The sanctions were appealed multiple times throughout the year. On Aug. 30, Bakersfield College was informed that the college’s third-round appeal of sanctions was denied.

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Bakersfield College announced in September that the college filed legal action against the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) over sanctions levied.

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The Bakersfield College football team was placed on a post-season ban for the 2013 season, and will be on probation for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

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"Submitting to binding arbitration that CCCAA has dictated, which we firmly believe does not promote due process, was not an option,” said Dr. Sonya Christian, president of Bakersfield College.

Papers were served to CCCAA and the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. C. Christine Maloney of Foster Employment Law will lead the case for the college and district.

The legal documentation and communications with CCCAA and SCFA are posted online: http://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/sanctions/ .

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