California’s crowded community colleges are cutting classes, turning would-be students away and making room for out-of-state football players, reports the Desert Sun.
More than 56 percent of College of the Desert’s football players come from other states….
A Desert Sun analysis of the football rosters of nearly all of California’s 71 community colleges found COD had 11 football players on its roster from Florida last season — but that’s only about half the 20 Floridians carried on the roster of Reedley College near Fresno. Reedley also had 14 players from Georgia.
Fullerton, Los Angeles Valley and Mendocino community colleges each had 13 football-playing Floridians last year.
Floridians end up in California because their own state ended community college football in the 1970’s to save money and maintain gender equity: Funding an all-male team requires funding several women’s teams.
California community colleges have lost more than 12 percent of funding in the past three years, reduced course offerings by 15 percent and turned away 300,000 students from the state’s 112 community colleges. Yet nearly three-fourths of California community colleges still field football teams.
State rules prohibit recruiting out-of-district players — the athlete is supposed to make the first contact — but the newspaper found multiple violations by COD’s football team.
Five state community colleges — Barstow, Feather River, Lassen, Siskiyous and Taft colleges — are given a special waiver allowing them to do unrestricted out-of-state recruiting, due to limited high school populations nearby, athletic association executive director Carlyle Carter said.
More than 86 percent of Feather River College’s football roster, 62 of 72 players, came from states other than California.
If few local students want to play varsity football, why fund a team for athletes from other states?