Raven mascot origin rooted in “lean” early years

Legend has it that Melvin Drake, a sports reporter for The Coffeyville Journal in 1925, called the football team the “Ravens” because they were so lean in their winnings. 

Later, Shorty Crone, Journal sports editor, said the Ravens were red faced over their losses.  Thus, the name Red Ravens.

True or not, no one seems to know for sure, but the College Dial, a former CCC magazine, vouched for the story in two different editions in 1948 and 1956.

The official Red Raven used today was drawn in 1946 by CCC alumnus Dale Misch.