Dozens Of Players Kicked Off Football Team At Gavilan College In Gilroy

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GAVILAN COLLEGE IN GILROY… WHERE DOZENS OF PLAYERS HAVE BEEN KICKED OFF THE TEAM. [NATS] THE GAVILAN COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAM RETURNED TO THE PRACTICE FIELD. BUT THEY WERE MISSING 17 OUT-OF- STATE PLAYERS WHO WERE KICKED OFF THE TEAM AFTER BEING DECLARED INELIGIBLE BECAUSE OF RECRUITING VIOLATIONS. [SOT SUPER:Jan Bernstein Chargin/Gavilan College Spokesperson]”The concern is that the students were receiving housing and food that wasn’t paid for. That is an eligibility violation.” THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN FROM FALL CAMP LAST MONTH…ABOUT THE TIME THE PLAYERS ARRIVED FROM FLORIDA, TEXAS AND OREGON. ALL 17 OF THE OUT OF STATE PLAYERS WERE LIVING IN THIS HOME IN HOLLISTER. NO ONE ANSWERED THE DOOR TODAY AND THE SCHOOL SAYS THE PLAYERS HAVE ALL GONE BACK HOME. BUT THEY REPORTEDLY HAD THEIR RENT PAID AND WERE HAVING SOME MEALS PREPARED FOR THEM BY THEIR LANDLADY. THE SITUATION CAME TO LIGHT AFTER THE MOTHER OF ONE OF THE PLAYERS COMPLAINED TO THE COLLEGE ABOUT THE CROWDED CONDITIONS. [SOT]”That led our dean of athletics to take a look at it. We got legal counsel who brought in an outside investigator who confirmed that we did indeed have a problem.” THE PLAYERS –MOST OF THEM AFRICAN AMERICAN– COMPLAINED TO A LOCAL NEWSPAPER THAT THE SCHOOL MADE THEM FEEL LIKE “THUGS”…BY HAVING EXTRA POLICE ON HAND WHEN THEY WERE TOLD TO LEAVE THE TEAM. TWO ASSISTANT COACHES WERE PLACED ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE PENDING A SCHOOL INVESTIGATION. THE HEAD COACH, MIKE DOVENBERG, WAS NOT DISCIPLINED. [SOT SUPER:Bob Garcia/Former Gavilan Coach]”It’s not just football. You look at all sports. Yeah, there’s recruiting going on.” FORMER GAVILAN FOOTBALL COACH BOB GARCIA SAYS HE RECRUITED PLAYERS FROM OUT OF STATE BACK IN THE 1980’S. HE SAYS CALIFORNIA’S STRONG JUNIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAMS ARE A MAGNET TO PLAYERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHO HOPE TO TRANSFER INTO MAJOR COLLEGES AND THE PROS. HE SAYS THE PLAYERS INVOLVED IN THE GAVILAN SCANDAL ARE THE VICTIMS. [SOT]”It’s an opportunity for them. And here we’re trying to send them all back now.” SAN FRANCISCO’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY IS QUESTIONING PLANS TO CHANGE

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