BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Earlier this week, Bakersfield College announced it was found to be in non-compliance by the Southern California Football Association with regard to some specific California Community College Athletics Association regulations.
As a result of the findings, Bakersfield College has had all wins voided for the 2011 and 2012 football seasons, the football team has been placed on a post-season ban for the 2013 season, and it will be on probation for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
“These sanctions are extreme. To be fair the penalties should have just been levied against the college, not the students,” said Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian. “We are evaluating a possible appeal of the sanctions.”
Bakersfield College was initially contacted by the Southern California Football Association in January regarding a complaint against the football program. Following a comprehensive investigation, Dr. Christian wrote a letter acknowledging the infractions, but arguing against sanctions that would impact the students. Subsequently the College was found to be non-compliant with CCCAA Bylaw 2, which governs subsidizing, inducements, and special privileges, and the sanctions were imposed.
“We don’t dispute that we were technically in violation of some rules, such as those concerning student employment.” said Christian. “However, these students were academically eligible, they paid market value for the housing, and they did honest work. The team was by no means given a competitive advantage. Putting the college on probation is appropriate and understandable. But, the state championship and the wins should not have been removed from our students. ”