Reedley’s athletic program was put on a four-year probation.
Caldwell hired an investigator to look into the matter and says in her findings that former football coach Randy Whited “provided inducements and special privileges to football student athletes that were not available to the general student population of the college – which is prohibited.”
Whited announced his retirement in February after 26 years with the program, the last seven as head coach. Attempts to contact Whited were unsuccessful.
Caldwell delivered a 118-page report on the violations to the California Community College Athletic Association.
“As the president of Reedley College it is my responsibility to ensure that we follow the CCCAA constitution and bylaws,” she said. “When I had a concern, I had it investigated and put an immediate stop to any inappropriate actions. We anticipated sanctions since they are spelled out within the CCCAA constitution and bylaws.”
Nine other Reedley sports compete in the Central Valley Conference, and CVC commissioner Logan McKechnie said the school’s athletics program will be placed on four-year probation. In the first year of probation, Reedley will be required to file monthly reports to the CVC reviewing how it administers aid to student athletes.
What they did puts all of the sports at the school on alert.
Central Valley Conference commissioner Logan McKechnie
“What they did puts all of the sports at the school on alert,” McKechnie said.
Northern California Football Conference commissioner Gary Kollenborn said he and McKechnieasked Reedley athletic director Javier Renteria to investigate how far back the violations go.
Kollenborn said it’s possible Reedley will be required to forfeit games if it’s determined it used ineligible players.
He said work study jobs can be in many areas including secretarial, maintenance and game set-up.