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Fullerton College has suspended football coach Tim Byrnes, who has led the team to back-to-back state and national championships, while the community college investigates two potential violations in the Hornets football program.

According to a Fullerton College press release the school self-reported two potential violations related to CCCAA constitution by-law 2.11 that covers "subsidizing, inducements and special privileges" of student-athletes.

Offensive coordinator Garrett Campbell is the school's interim head coach during the investigation.

"Tim Byrnes is on paid administrative leave until further notice," said Lisa McPheron, Director of Campus Communications at Fullerton College.

Fullerton is ranked No. 1 in California by the California Community College Athletics Association. The Hornets won state and national championships the past two seasons, going 12-1 in 2016 and 13-0 in 2017.

According to the CCAA constitution: "subsidizing" a student-athlete would be the offering of financial aid not available to all other students; "inducements" are offers used to attract and secure the enrollment of a student-athlete. "Special privileges" would be services not available to other students.

Of the 95 players on the Fullerton's roster this season 48 are from outside of California.

Byrnes is in his 11th season as Hornets head coach. He was named Coach of the Year by the CCCAA and by the Southern California Football Association in 2016 and 2017. Byrnes has been SCFA coach of the year seven times.

Fullerton has won 23 games in a row including a 4-0 start this season. The Hornets defeated Southwestern College 19-14 last week and two weeks ago beat Santa Ana College 85-0.

Fullerton plays host to Ventura College on Saturday at Yorba Linda High.

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