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Monday, Jul 29 2013 10:54 PM

Beckwith expected to resign as Bakersfield College AD

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    Bakersfield College Athletic Director Ryan Beckwith talks with Californian President and CEO Richard Beene on "First Look with Scott Cox" in April.

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

Two sources close to the athletic department at Bakersfield College say Athletic Director Ryan Beckwith will resign from that post, possibly as soon as today.

Beckwith was hired as BC's athletic director on July 27, 2011.

The sources say Sandi Taylor, who has been BC's softball coach for more than 20 years and has also served the past several years as BC's associate athletic director, will become athletic director.

The sources also say that Zav Dadabhoy, BC's vice president for student affairs, will provide more oversight for the athletic program moving forward.

Beckwith said his attorneys have advised him not to discuss the matter and declined to comment.

Taylor, who the sources say will likely relinquish her softball coaching job, could not be reached for comment.

Beckwith replaced Jan Stuebbe as BC's athletic director.

BC has been rocked by sanctions against its football program that were levied by the Southern California Football Association on May 14.

The SCFA, using material BC provided, said the college was guilty of several violations of California Community College Athletic Association bylaws dealing with special privileges received by football players.

On May 14, the SCFA ruled that BC must forfeit all wins from the 2011 and 2012 seasons, making both years officially 0-10, and the CCCAA then stripped BC of its 2012 state football championship.

The SCFA has also placed BC on two years' probation and ruled that the Renegades will be ineligible for the football postseason this season.

BC has appealed the severity of the sanctions but two appeals boards have upheld the sanctions. BC is expected to file another appeal with the full CCCAA board, the next step in the appeals process.

On May 14 when the sanctions were announced, BC spokeswoman Amber Chiang said the college would not be dismissing any coach or administrator over the football issue.

But the sources say Beckwith has been pressured to resign and added Beckwith and his counsel are in negotiations with BC officials to finalize terms of the resignation.

The college will likely insist on a confidentiality clause in any settlement to prevent Beckwith from discussing the matter publicly, one source said.

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