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'Hounds, Blinn paired up for championship match

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Citizens Bank, NA Chief Financial Officer Brian Comstock (center) announced the extension of formal invitations to No. 1-ranked Fort Scott Community College and No. 2 Blinn College (Texas) for the inaugural Citizens Bank Bowl to a crowd of about 60 supporters, students and players in the FSCC cafeteria Tuesday afternoon. Both teams accepted the invitations for the game, which has been sanctioned as the national championship game by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Citizens Bank Bowl will take place at Carnie Smith Stadium on the Pittsburg State University campus on Dec. 6.
(FSCC photo/Kathleen Hinrichs)
Fort Scott Community College and Blinn College, the first- and second-ranked teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association, accepted bids to the Citizens Bank Bowl Tuesday.

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.

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I want to know why the championship game will not be aired on KOMB-FM, our local station, and has been given to a Pittsburg radio station? What's the deal?

-- Posted by FSCitizen on Sat, Nov 21, 2009, at 8:28 AM
Response by Scott Nuzum:
The organizers of the bowl game put exclusive rights up for bid. The Pittsburg station won the bidding and, therefore, has the right to broadcast the game.

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