The college was penalized because some players were given free rent, food and in some cases, spending money.READ MORE: Tsunami Alert Forces Daylong Evacuation of Berkeley Marina
In California, community colleges are prohibited from granting athletic scholarships. The California Community College Athletic Association carried out the sanctions after an investigation found that former basketball coach David Granucci and his family had taken part in the wrongdoing.READ MORE: Pacific Tsunami Update: Waves Surge Onto Bay Area Beaches Following Huge Tonga Volcano Blast
Years of wins for the team, and a championship title were stripped from the college’s record.
The college also faces a two-year probation period, and will not be eligible for the playoffs in 2017.MORE NEWS: Bengals Stop Late Raiders Rally; Vegas One and Done in Playoffs
Granucci resigned last fall, and has since said he was trying to do what he thought was best for the players, and the team.