November 15, 2007

Harry 'Trae' Stinson, III
SIAC Director of Communications

Shera White
CIAA Director of Public Relations


Columbia, SC - The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association have announced that the Virginia Union University Panthers will represent the CIAA as participants in the 10th Annual Pioneer Bowl. The Panthers will face the #13 Tuskegee University Golden Tigers on December 1, 2007 at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Benedict College, Columbia, SC, 2:00pm.

The Panthers, led by Head Coach Arrington Jones, III, will enter the Pioneer Bowl with much to prove after finishing the season with a 9-2 record; falling short of a bid to the NCAA D-II Playoffs. Virginia Union's appearance this year will mark the school's second visit to the Pioneer Bowl. In 2001 Virginia Union faced Tuskegee in Atlanta, GA, but fell to the Golden Tigers, 28-0.

Tuskegee University has participated in the Pioneer Bowl in eight of the ten bowl games and has a 5-2 overall record. Tuskegee is currently undefeated with a 10-0 record and is HBCU's winningest football team and one win away from their 600th victory. Tuskegee's is led by the MVP of the SIAC Jacary Atkins, who leads the NCAA in passing efficiency and arguably the best defense in the nation allowing just 8.2 points per game. The Golden Tigers are also ranked in the Top 5 of all defensive categories in the NCAA.

A Press Conference to meet the teams, head coaches, and both commissioner's will be held on November 29, 2007 at the Embassy Suites Columbia at 6:30 pm, prior to the Pioneer Bowl Banquet where special guest Steve Spurrier will also attend.

Media credentials for the event and game can be obtained from the CIAA or SIAC Public Relations Office. Contact: Shera White, CIAA (757) 865-0071 Ext. 106 or Harry Stinson, SIAC (770) 908-0482 or by visiting

Pioneer Bowl X is the only NCAA sanctioned bowl game for HBCU's. The Bowl Game features the Champion of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and will take place on December 1, 2007 in Columbia, SC at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00 pm and will air live on ESPNU.

To purchase tickets to this year's game and obtain ancillary event info, please visit

The SIAC leads the series 7-2 over the CIAA

Tuskegee University Record: 5-2

1997 Pioneer Bowl I @ Herndon Stadium
Kentucky State University - 30
Livingstone College - 26

1998 Pioneer Bowl II @ Herndon Stadium
Tuskegee University - 23
Livingstone College ' 9

1999 Pioneer Bowl III @ GA Dome
Winston Salem State University - 23
Tuskegee University - 7

2000 Pioneer Bowl IV @ GA Dome
Tuskegee University - 12
Winston Salem State University - 9

2001 Pioneer Bowl V @ GA Dome
Tuskegee University - 28
Virginia Union University - 0

2003 Pioneer Bowl VI @ GA Dome
Albany State University - 52
Fayetteville State University - 30

2004 Pioneer Bowl VII @ Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Shaw University - 30
Tuskegee University - 28

2005 Pioneer Bowl VIII @ American Legion Memorial Stadium
Tuskegee University - 28
Bowie State University - 26

2006 Pioneer Bowl XI @ American Legion Memorial Stadium
Tuskegee University - 17
Johnson C. Smith University - 7