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Tuesday, Jun 25 2013 08:10 AM

BC's appeal of football sanctions denied

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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 Michael Fagans / The Californian

    Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian reads from a written statement at a press conference held on campus to announce sanctions against the football team.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Bakersfield College officials announced Tuesday morning that the Southern California Football Association has denied the college's appeal of athletics sanctions.

The college said it has 10 days to appeal, and will.

BC on June 12 filed an appeal of what college President Sonya Christian had called "unfair, unreasonable, and unwarranted" sanctions. The college found out Monday the appeal was denied.

The college had to vacate its 2012 state football championship and forfeit its 2011 and 2012 wins.

The college has maintained that any appropriate penalties should be against the college only, not against student athletes.

BC has also said it found no violations of California Community Colleges Athletic Association bylaws regarding subsidies or recruitment inducements.

Christian was quoted in a college statement as saying, " We seek a fair and just outcome for the Bakersfield College Renegades -- from our state champion football players, to every student who attends Bakersfield College, to our alumni and community supporters."

The statement went on to say, "We have always maintained that appropriate sanctions against the college are understandable but those against our students are not justified, even by the rules and regulations of CCCAA."

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