Athletic department faces probation for violating eligibility requirements

Amber Henry

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City’s Athletic Department along with the volleyball program will be placed on one-year probation and required to forfeit games, due to findings that three student athletes were in violation of their eligibility requirements to be a full time student, in good academic standing.

In April, City responded to the allegations reported to the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and removed Kathy McGinnis, Dean of Health, Exercise Science and Athletics, from her duties on April 16.

According to college district spokesman Jack Beresford, an independent review was conducted by an accounting firm. Their findings were reported to the PCAC Commissioner, identifying two members of the men’s volleyball team and one member of women’s softball team who played a combined 22 games, despite not meeting eligibility requirements from the California Community College Athletic Association.

“As a result of the review, the college’s athletic department will face sanctions,” Beresford said, “Formal action by the Commission will occur at the first conference meeting in the fall.”

McGinnis returned to campus on Monday, April 28 in an administrative capacity. She is now on special assignment for Randy Barnes, Vice President of Instruction.

Barnes confirmed McGinnis is working on “… various projects related to Master Planning and Accreditation”.

McGinnis’ previous responsibilities were divided between Barnes, as the new Acting Dean of Health and Exercise Science, and Larry Maxey, as the new Acting Dean of Athletics.

The Athletic Department has been actively reviewing and implementing new procedures.

“Yes, we have changed the ongoing review of athletic eligibility. One significant change is that there will be monthly progress reports requested from professors, in all classes taken by athletes,” Barnes said.

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