Columbus, GA – The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) have announced that Johnson C. Smith University and Miles College have been selected to participate in the 13th Pioneer Bowl. The game will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at A.J. McClung Stadium in Columbus, GA at 1:00pm (EST).

The Johnson C. Smith University Golden Bulls, led by Head Coach Steve Aycock, finished third in the CIAA Southern Division with a 5-5 overall record, 4-3 in conference play.

The Miles College Golden Bears, led by Head Coach Reginald Ruffin, finished first in the SIAC West Division with a 5-2 record in conference play and won their first SIAC Championship by defeating Albany State University to finish with a 7-4 overall record.

Miles will be making their first appearance in the Pioneer Bowl while Johnson C. Smith will be making their second appearance with their last coming in 2006.

Started in 1997, the Pioneer Bowl is an NCAA sanctioned bowl game involving the SIAC and the CIAA. It is the only sanctioned bowl game involving HBCU athletic conferences.

2010 Pioneer Bowl Results – Saint Augustine’s 20 Fort Valley State 9 (12/4/10)

About the SIAC

Founded in 1913, the SIAC is composed of thirteen historically black colleges and universities (Albany State, Benedict, Claflin, Clark Atlanta, Fort Valley State, Kentucky State, Lane, LeMoyne-Owen, Miles, Morehouse, Paine, Stillman, and Tuskegee) located within a five state footprint Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee). For conference information visit,

About the CIAA

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), founded in 1912, is the nation’s first historically black college and university athletic conference.  It is currently comprised of twelve colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. For conference information please visit,

Ben Baxter
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