Bakersfield College's second athletics appeal of sanctions denied

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield College was denied their second appeal of sanctions to athletics today by the CCCAA Appeals Board.

BC was notified via email on July 19, with an attached memo from CCCAA CEO/President Carlyle Carter to Bakersfield College president Dr. Sonya Christian.

“Unfortunately, the 8-page response glosses over the good faith considerations raised by the college, and the tone of punitive authority and thinly veiled disdain is disconcerting,” said Dr. Sonya Christian, president of Bakersfield College.

“While we are disappointed in both the conclusion and tone of the decision, we continue to believe in our student athletes. We will defend what is rightfully theirs, and we believe that these specific sanctions and the sanction process deserve better and more respectful deliberation.”

On July 9, Bakersfield College filed an appeal with the CCCAA Appeals Board containing re-presentation of the arguments presented in the June 12, appeal to the Southern California Football Association. 

Throughout the appeal process, Bakersfield College leadership has maintained that any appropriate penalties for athletics violations should be levied on the institution only, and not on the student athletes.

According to the CCCAA Appeals Board July 19, communication, Bakersfield College has ten working days from July 22, to submit an appeal to the CCCAA Board of Directors. At this time, Bakersfield College is preparing the appeal. Once submitted, the CCCAA Board of Directors has a maximum of 28 working days within which to respond to Bakersfield College’s appeal with a determination.

On May 14, Bakersfield College received a communication from the Southern California Football Association, and a second from the California Community College Athletic Association, requiring the college vacate all wins of the 2011 and 2012 football seasons, including the 2012 state championship. The Bakersfield College football team has also been 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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