COFFEYVILLE, KAN., NOV. 30 -- Today's Super Jeopardy category is "junior college powerhouses."
The answer: What is Coffeyville Community College in Kansas?
And Sunday afternoon Coffeyville will take on Montgomery-Rockville for the national junior college championship in the Mid-America Bowl in Tulsa.
This town on the Oklahoma border in this spare southeastern corner of Kansas will probably lose one-third of its population of 15,000 Sunday when the Red Ravens faithful make the trek 70 miles south to Tulsa. That estimate is provided by one of the team's biggest boosters: a man who has a formidable dual job: Dan Kinney, college president and athletic director.
"It's difficult doing both, but I try to put more responsibility on the head coaches to do their own business," said Kinney, who was originally hired just as president.
It was not always this way here, but when the school's basketball coach committed several recruiting violations several years ago Kinney decided it was time for more accountability, starting at the top.
From then on, everyone in the athletic department has reported directly to Kinney.
Dick Foster coached the Red Ravens football team for 14 years, including one of its two national titles in 1983 (the other came in 1956). When he left after the 1988 season -- with a record of 127-23-2 -- to become recruiting coordinator at the University of Oklahoma, his son Skip took over.
Skip Foster was an all-American center for the Red Ravens in 1980. One of the runners for whom he blocked was Mike Rozier, who went on to a Heisman Trophy career at Nebraska, and now plays for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.
Rozier is one of five ex-Coffeyville players now in the pros, along with Jeff Wright, Mel Gray, Maurice Douglass and former Redskins defensive lineman Dean Hamel, now with the Dallas Cowboys.
But perhaps the school's best-known athlete did not play football. He was a basketball player in 1978-79 who went on to win, and lose, boxing's heavyweight title of the world: James "Buster" Douglas.
"I used to sit next to Buster on the team bus," said Allen Twichell, then the squad's equipment manager, now sports editor of the Coffeyville Journal. "He told me he was going to give up boxing and play basketball -- that was his true love. I believed him."
The school is smaller than Montgomery-Rockville, with 2,600 students from around the United States and 17 other countries. But football is a serious matter in this part of America: The high school stadium in Tulsa where Sunday's game will be played holds 15,000.
"Playing in the Washington area there are a lot of distractions, like the Redskins," Montgomery-Rockville Coach Phil Martin said. "Out in Coffeyville it's the only game in town."
The Red Ravens are not laden with stars. The defensive coordinator, Willie Fritz, is nicknamed "the Minister of Defense," but it is the offense -- and kick returning -- that garners much of the attention here.
Prentice Rhone, a strong safety, doubles as one of the nation's most dangerous kick returners. A Norman, Okla., native, he was heavily recruited by the Sooners before poor grades diverted him here.
"I've seen a lot of tapes and I think you'll see Prentice Rhone in the NFL someday," Martin said. "He's that good."
Freshman quarterback John Mattress was a late arrival to lead the offense. He came down from Ohio State Aug. 1 and is not even listed in the Coffeyville press guide.
He and Rhone may be the two most noteworthy players among the Red Ravens, but Martin knows there is an entire team to beat if Montgomery-Rockville is to become a national champion.
"They are just a bunch of great athletes," Martin said. "They don't have a standout star for one reason. Everybody on that team is that good."