Category Archives: Coffeyville

Washburn well-represented in Super Bowl (and so is the Jayhawk … again)


You read it right.

Washburn, an NCAA Division II school in Topeka, will be well-represented on the field when Super Bowl Sunday rolls around. Our friends over at did a great job of breaking down the careers of Baltimore defensive back Cary Williams and San Francisco linebacker Michael Wilhoite.

Wilhoite is in his first season on the roster for the 49ers after spending a season on the practice squad. If you’ve watched the Ravens’ playoff run, or the NFL in the last decade, you probably know who he is already.

And of course the Jayhawk is well-represented in the Super Bowl once again with San Francisco defensive back and former Coffeyville Red Raven Dashon Goldson.



Sunflower Slate Q&A – Coffeyville CC football coach Aaron Flores


First-year Coffeyville Community College football coach Aaron Flores sat down for a Q&A with us Tuesday morning – Flores is a familiar name in the Jayhawk Conference after spending 10 years at Butler Community College, where he was part of teams that won three national championships, played in six national title games and won nine Jayhawk titles. Flores took over after Darian Dulin, another former Butler assistant, was fired in November.

Flores, American Football Monthly Magazine’s offensive coordinator of the year in 2003, spent last season as the OC and QBs coach at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College:

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Why Skip Foster came back to Coffeyville

Skip Foster is back.


He’ll be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Coffeyville Community College, where he was the head coach from 1989-2000 and won the 1990 NJCAA national title and played for the title in 1996. Foster also played at CCC for his father, Dick.

Here’s his full bio from CCC.

Foster has spent the last decade coaching in the Arena Football League and AFL2. He quit the AFL’s San Jose franchise in May, in mid-season after a spat with the team’s owner and realizing that the newly revamped AFL wasn’t quite like the old.

“The AFL shut down for a whole year in 2009 to restructure and see if it could come back with a viable product,” Foster said. “And in that process, it went from having really good-paying jobs to a point where you couldn’t really make a living.”

Foster has lived and worked in Coffeyville in the offseason since 2006, when he moved back with his wife, Gay, and two younger children. He’d been looking to get back into the college-coaching ranks or administration for several years, and when Coffeyville OC Kelton Copeland took a job at South Dakota last week, Foster jumped at the opportunity.

“I applied for the athletic director’s job at Neosho Community College and didn’t get it, and I’d talked to (Coffeyville coach) Darian Dulin back in January about possibly coming back,” Foster said. “Coffeyville’s a special place to me, and I’ve got a daughter who is going to be a freshman in high school and a son who is going to be in the sixth grade. The stability is important to me … it’s home.”

The Red Ravens have struggled the last couple of years … but last year’s meltdown was epic. Coffeyville climbed to as high as No. 3 in the country when almost 10,000 fans came out to Veterans Stadium to watch them host Butler last October in a No. 2 vs. No. 3 showdown. Coffeyville, 6-0 at the time, blew an early lead, lost, and didn’t win again the rest of the season. High-profile transfers Duron Carter (Ohio State) and Nu’Keese Richardson (Tennessee) turned out to be busts and Dulin ended the year on the hot seat. Adding Foster could add the stability the program needs … or simply usher Dulin out the door if he can’t get it together. Either way, they need to win. Upside is I doubt they’ll be picked higher than fourth, so there’s massive room for improvement.

I’m out.

Full disclosure: I played for Foster at CCC in 1996-1997 … the stories from which only make me feel like this dude:

Thoughts on Butler-Coffeyville, KCAC basketball and Cowley volleyball



It’s been a busy week for me, starting with last Tuesday’s KCAC basketball media day in Wichita and continuing on to Saturday’s showdown between No. 1 Butler and No. 3 Coffeyville at Coffeyville. Today, I had the chance to talk with Cowley volleyball coach Jennifer Bahner, who led the Tigers to a national-runner up finish last year (her first year) and has Cowley ranked No. 1 this year and on a school record 26-game win streak.

So let’s dive in.

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LIVE BLOG: No. 1 Butler 38, No. 3 Coffeyville 26 FINAL

I’m set up in Coffeyville, about 30 minutes until kickoff. Will do running updates on tonight’s game, the premiere matchup in all of junior-college football this weekend.

Just talked to Keith Traylor for a few minutes – the former CCC/OU/NFL d-lineman is being inducted into the CCC Hall of Fame tonight.

On a side note – Veteran’s Stadium looks like it could very well be ready one of the biggest crowds in the stadium’s almost 10-year history tonight. It’s about 3/4 full and there’s still a line wrapped around the stadium. Rumors are this could be the biggest crowd ever at the 5,500-seat stadium. Another rumor? Cris Carter is here. His son, Duron, plays wide receiver for CCC. Saw Duron’s mom in the elevator.

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Jayhawk Conference grabs top 3 spots in latest NJCAA football poll

1. Butler 2. Hutchinson 3. Coffeyville

And there you go. For the first time since 1991, the top three spots in the NJCAA football poll are occupied by the same conference. Fittingly, the Jayhawk Conference’s top rival, the SWJCFC out of Texas, was the last league to do it. I’ve talked to Butler’s Troy Morrell and Jayhawk commish Bryce Roderick for a story in tomorrow’s Eagle, so make sure to check that out. Until then, here’s a few things to think about that they pointed out to me.

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Check out the new digs … and Barton!

If you’re reading this, look straight up and you’ll see what I’m talking about … yessir, Sunflower Slate officially has a new look. Not that I didn’t love my old gold and black banner … but thanks to Heidi Marcinik for designing the new flag. I feel like I just moved into a new apartment or something … simple pleasures, right? The new banner is pretty sweet.

Now I’ve got some Jayhawk thoughts, so keep reading:



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Behind the scenes: Jayhawk Media Day

All of the schools from the Jayhawk Conference — East and West — convened in Wichita this morning at the Airport Best Western for Media Day, and as always, much hilarity ensued.

There were a lot of highlights from the day … I got to see a lot of old friends and colleagues, and an old college classmate who is now the cream of the crop for women’s coaches on the junior college level. There’s a lot to be said for finding a place you like, close to home, and building something out of nothing. Emily, are you listening?

Let’s run this down. We’ve got a lot to go over.

1. Steve Eck, Steve Eck, Steve Eck.

Steve Eck, Cowley


Coach Eck and Media Day are an interesting fit. I walked into the hotel at the same time as he did and asked what he thought of these things. I got a look, and a laugh. There’s a lot of bluffing that goes on at these things, and Coach Eck, while he isn’t bad at putting on a poker face … isn’t fooling anybody. That’s just the way it is. And his team got picked to finish first, which I’m sure irked him to no end. I talked to a lot of coaches who say they’ve signifigantly scaled back their recruiting efforts in Wichita since he took over. One look at his roster (eight City League kids) lets you know why. They’re not sure how bad he’s hurt yet, but Southeast’s Adonis Gantt (a Division I signee at Georgia Southern) hurt his knee at a jamboree in Dallas over the weekend, which is bad news. On the good news front, last year’s leading scorer, Chris Rhymes, tore his ACL at the Region VI Tournament and the Tigers finished second without him. He’s doing well at Cal State-Fullerton, thank you very much. Good for Chris.

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Butler-Coffeyville game on T.V.

Saturday’s football game between No. 5-ranked Butler and Coffeyville at Coffeyville will be televised on Kansas Now 22, the second game for the Grizzlies to be on T.V. this season. Now 22 did a great job with Butler’s game at Garden City a couple of weeks ago.

Here’s the release from the station:

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