Response to the CCCAA’s Football Sanctions

Lisa McPheron
Director of Campus Communications
714- 992-7014 | lmcpheron@fullcoll.edu

Fullerton (November 5, 2018) – On Saturday, November 3, the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors rejected an appeal by Fullerton College and levied six sanctions against the Fullerton College football program, including the forfeiture of several 2017 season games resulting in the forfeiture of the 2017 state championship, and the forfeiture of games in the current 2018 football season.

The six sanctions came as a result of a self-report by the college on September 18, 2018 that related to Bylaw 2.11. The college attempted twice to appeal two of the six sanctions, but was denied. The college sought to appeal sanctions two and three (shown below) on the grounds that the student-athletes did not receive any benefits.

“The college has and always will act with integrity, and that is demonstrated by our self-report and swift action to address the violations. However, we are disappointed to learn that our appeals were denied,” said President Greg Schulz. “We will work with our student-athletes as best as we can, within the CCCAA bylaws, to support them through this difficult time.”

The sanctions are:

  1. The Fullerton College Football Program is placed on probation for two (2) years (October 3, 2018 to October 2, 2020). The supervisors of the probation period shall be the college president and the SCFA commissioner.
  1. All Fullerton College football team wins in which the ineligible students participated (regular season game schedule) during the 2017 football season are vacated. Those games were reported as games played on Sept. 2, 9, 23, 30, October 28, November 4, and 11.  Therefore, Fullerton College’s regular season record for the 2017 season will be reflected as 3-7 in the official final statistics.  This will require that the National Southern League 2017 championship must be vacated and the championship plaque returned to the commissioner’s office.
  1. All Fullerton College football wins in the 2018 season, in which any of the identified students who received special benefits participated in, are forfeited.
  1. The college will develop and implement an oversight plan to monitor assistance for housing of student athletes from out of the district recruitment area and verify that no special privileges are provided to student athletes, other than the services that are provided to the general student population. This oversight plan will be provided to the SCFA Commissioner.
  1. The college will report on the in-service activities provided to the football program personnel relating to adherence to Bylaw 2. Meeting minutes will be documented and shared with the College President and the SCFA commissioner.
  1. The Fullerton College football program will be suspended from post-conference competition for the 2018 football season in accordance with the Level I infraction Chart of 2017. This suspension may be extended for additional year(s) if the probation reporting requirements, as listed above, are not met or additional violations are committed.

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Author: Fullerton College

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