In April 2009, officials with Fort Scott Community College, Pittsburg State University, the city of Pittsburg and Citizens Bank announced a new football game coming in December.

In April 2009, officials with Fort Scott Community College, Pittsburg State University, the city of Pittsburg and Citizens Bank announced a new football game coming in December.
Now, that game is without one of its figure heads.
Fort Scott Community College Athletic Director Rusty Beene resigned, according to college officials, late last week.
“It is one of those things with personnel changes that we don’t talk a lot about,” said FSCC President Clayton Tatro.
Beene, who was the athletic director at Fort Scott CC was in that position for just over a year before tendering his resignation for unknown reasons.
But, Tatro said that the departure of Beene does not cast a shadow over the bowl game scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at Carnie Smith Stadium.
“I do understand that we have a huge bowl game coming up, it is not like we have not been working on it up to this point,” Tatro said. “We are definitely going to be ready for the Citizens’ Bank Bowl.”
The game was approved by the NJCAA Football Committee and the NJCAA Governing Board at the organization’s annual meeting on April 7.
The Citizens Bank Bowl is one of two new junior college bowl games that have been added in Kansas for 2009. Wichita is planning on hosting a bowl game in December as well.
Hutchinson was also slated to host a game but, that game was canceled earlier in the summer.
Tatro said that the Citizens Bank Bowl has an operational committee that has already met and hashed out items such as a banquet — which will be held on Dec. 5 — along with stadium and game day operations in conjunction with Pitt State.
“We’ve crossed the major hurdles with the bowl game already,” Tatro said. “ A lot of the work with the bowl game has already been done.”
As for Beene’s replacement, currently former FSCC President Jim Meesner on an interim basis.
“The position is out there and it is on our Web site,” Tatro said. “We are also looking at getting the position posted on other sites.”
He added that the college hopes to take applications for the position through Sept. 11 and begin the interview process shortly thereafter.
“We are hoping to have someone on board by mid- to late-October,” Tatro said.
In addition, the FSCC athletic department has had other changes.
Malinda Berglund began her duties as the new softball coach last week and Diana Couch started as the women’s basketball coach on Thursday.

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