Saddleback College, which shared the national community college football championship last year with Snow College of Utah, will forfeit its first three victories this season because it used an ineligible player.
A school investigation determined that the player, who was not identified, played in 1984, last year and in the Gauchos' first three games this season. The State Athletic Code of the California Assn. of Community Colleges does not allow athletes to have more than two years of eligibility in one sport.
Saddleback, which was 4-2 in the Mission Conference and 5-2 overall, is now 2-4 and 2-5.