Fresno City College declines State Center Bowl bid after altercation with COS

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno City College has decided to not accept the State Center Bowl bid for the Rams Football team.

According to Lucy Ruiz a spokesperson with the SCCCD a meeting was held with Fresno City College President Carole Goldsmith, Head Football Coach Tony Caviglia, Athletic Director Eric Swain and Dean Lorraine Smith to review the incident at the COS game.

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A hard-fought football game between Fresno City College and College of the Sequoias turned ugly when the two teams exchanged handshakes after the game in Visalia.

Below is the release from Ruiz:

"Intercollegiate athletics serve an important role in the Fresno City College educational experience. Student athletes are expected to learn that rigorous competition also carries the responsibility of sportsmanship and respect.

We recognize that the vast majority of our players made the right choice and walked away from a post-game confrontation. However, there were a few players who did not live up to the FCC code of ethics as student-athletes.

'I hate to penalize the whole team for the actions of just a few, but we are a team and we will take responsibility as a team,' said Coach Caviglia.

President Goldsmith added, 'I support the decision of my coach and athletic director. Now more than ever we need to teach our young men and women that violence is never an appropriate response, regardless if it is on the field,on campus or in our community.'"
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