The San Diego City College women’s softball team plays a game. Photo courtesy the college

San Diego City College used ineligible players in two sports, and the athletic department faces sanctions that include the forfeiture of games and probation next year, the school announced Thursday.

San Diego City College and the San Diego Community College District hired an independent firm to investigate the athletic department after allegations of the use of ineligible players in men’s volleyball and women’s softball last season, school officials said.

The investigation revealed that the men’s volleyball team used two ineligible players in 18 games, and the softball team used one ineligible player in four games. As a result, those two teams will forfeit the games in which the ineligible players participated, officials said.

The athletic department and the men’s volleyball team also will be on probation for a year, officials said. SDCCD communications director Jack Beresford said that the men’s volleyball team would be able to compete during its probation, but the school would face a postseason ban if ineligible players are used during probation.

Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Commissioner John Woods will formally charge the school at the conference’s first meeting this fall.

“We accept the commission’s findings and will work as a team to ensure the result is greater accountability throughout the department,” San Diego City College Interim President Lynn Neault said.

— City News Service

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