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Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:35 AM

'First Look': BC Helmet Club president talks about sanctions

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win the California Community College football championship. The Renegades celebrate their state championship.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Bakersfield College's new president Sonya Christian speaks to the crowd during an awards presentation by Congressman Kevin McCarthy in Memorial Stadium for the entire football team.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Congressman Kevin McCarthy (at podium) congratulates the entire Bakersfield College Renegades football team with Congressional Records Statements for their state championship season in 2012.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Congressman Kevin McCarthy congratulates the entire Bakersfield College Renegades state championship football team in Memorial Stadium Wednesday for their outstanding efforts. McCarthy shook hands with player Kenny Dunston, center, and the rest of the team.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Offensive lineman Brandon Sarabia (left) and defensive back Alfonso Jackson, Jr. (15) are the first Renegades to get their hands on the state championship trophy.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. The Renegades celebrate their state championship Saturday.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Game MVP Jalen Sykes (left) immediately handed his trophy to offensive lineman Brandon Sarabia, saying "this is for the offensive line."

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. The Renegade defense made things miserable for San Francisco quarterback Andrew Spivey. Here he is tackled by John Oglesby (45) and Kelyon Hollis.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. The crowd that packed Memorial Stadium, the biggest in years, cheers Curtis McGregor's touchdown that put the Renegades ahead 7-0 in the first quarter.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Renegade running back Curtis McGregor got the scoring started for Bakersfield with this touchdown in the first quarter.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Five or six months ago when it first was told there was something to correct, the president of the Helmet Club thought moving the Bakersfield College football boosters nonprofit under the Bakersfield College Foundation was all that was necessary.

"We said, 'OK, let's do it,'" said Paul Pavletich, the booster club leader.

"When we found out the rules were possibly broken, we said that was never our intent. We thought that was enough to fix the situation, but obviously it wasn't," Pavletich said Tuesday by phone on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Now the board of the Kern Community College District has voted to appeal the sanctions against the college's football program by the Southern California Football Association.

The SCFA announced May 14 that BC was to forfeit all wins from 2011 and 2012 seasons because of six violations of California Community College Athletic Association rules. That meant the two seasons became 0-10 years. That led to BC losing its state championship football title.

Paveletich said the person investigating the alleged violations for the college never contacted him. He said he didn't and he does not know anyone who was helping students financially with housing -- one of the infractions cited by the SCFA -- and the boosters know that is against the rules.

Pavletich said he's heard many positive comments from the community.

"They completely understand that the intent was always there to help the student athlete," Pavletich said.

He noted that boosters are taking care of items such as raising money so a kid has shoes to play football.

"All these athletic teams have to have outside help just to compete," Pavletich said.

 

 

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