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Tuesday, Sep 17 2013 04:54 PM

BC takes legal action in fight against sanctions

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    After all the sanctions and hits to its program since winning last season's state title, the Bakersfield College Renegades officially opened practice in this file photo.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Bakersfield College announced on Tuesday that it has filed legal action against the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) over sanctions levied against the college's athletics department and football program.

Bakersfield College received official word from the CCCAA Appeals Board On Aug. 30 that the college's third-round appeal of sanctions to athletics was denied.

The sanctions -- that all BC wins from the 2011 and 2012 seasons would be forfeited as well as the 2012 state championship -- were handed down by the Southern California Football Association on May 14 due to multiple violations of CCCAA and SCFA rules. BC football was also placed on two years of probation and ruled ineligible for the postseason this year.

"Even though this entire matter could have been resolved with the CCCAA through a fair and equitable process, we were denied that," Bakersfield College President Dr. Sonya Christian, said in a statement. "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."

The college and district have retained the services of C. Christine Maloney of Foster Employment Law to lead the legal action against CCCAA. Papers were served to CCCAA and the Southern California Football Association (SCFA) on Sept. 13.

"Christine is a strong advocate for public entities and a champion of fair processes utilized by those public entities," said Christian. "Further, Christine has experience and success in litigating against the CCCAA, and I am confident she is the best person to represent our students, our athletic program, and Bakersfield College."

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