(FSCC photo/Kathleen Hinrichs)
About 60 Greyhound supporters showed up for the announcement. The game, which will determine the NJCAA champion, will be played at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg on the afternoon of Dec. 6.
"I think for the program, this is another compliment to our players," FSCC head coach Jeff Sims said. "The players did it. I've coached for eight years and the players have taken me for this ride."
Brian Comstock, Citizens Bank, NA Chief Financial Officer and himself a former FSCC basketball player, said that "The stars have kind of aligned this year" as the bowl game draws the national championship contest in its first year of existence.
Blinn's head coach, Brad Franchione, will be making a homecoming of sorts. He was an assistant at FSCC in under Kevin Gundy in 1998 and his father is former Pittsburg State University head coach Dennis Franchione.
"No doubt, it's exciting to coach a game back in Pittsburg," Franchione said via telephone. "The fact that it's a national championship game makes it more special."
Blinn won the national championship in 1995, 1996 and 2006. Fort Scott won the 1970 national title and was national runner-up in 1971 and 1972. The Greyhounds were also voted national champions in polls conducted in 1935 and 1938, though it is unknown if these are considered official national titles.
This will also be the third meeting between Blinn and Fort Scott in a bowl game. The schools met in the 1999 Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Mo., with Blinn winning on a rainy day, 29-20. The teams met in last season's Heart of Texas Bowl in Copperas Cove with Fort Scott winning, 31-14.
"It's definitely going to be a challenge," Sims said. "In life, you want the tough opponent, the challenge, but you have to make the most of it.
"Blinn is a tremendous football program. That's been proven over the years. They were a challenge for us last year and they'll be one this year."
Tickets are on sale at all Citizens Bank branches, including 200 S. Main and at the Main and 23rd Street branch in Fort Scott.