For the second time in its 16 year history, the Pioneer Bowl has been cancelled.
Begun in 1997 as the brainchild of then Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference commissioner Wallace Jackson, the game has the distinction of being America’s only NCAA sanctioned bowl game involving HBCUs. The game was also cancelled in 2002 when anticipated sponsorship did not materialize.READ MORE: Columbus Couple Charged With Wire Fraud And Theft Of Government Property
The SIAC released a statement today indicating that the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) would be unable to participate this year.
“Although we are deeply disappointed for Albany State University, the team we selected to participate, and their student-athletes, we must respect the wishes of our partner’s decision not to play the game this year,” said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore. “Moving forward, I am confident that we will be able to work together to ensure that this historic football game will be played again next year.” Albany State received the bid by defeating Miles College 17-14 in the SIAC Centennial Championship game played over the weekend at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta.READ MORE: Valdosta Man Convicted With Federal Firearm Charge
“I was contacted this past weekend by Commissioner Moore, who informed me of the CIAA’s decision not to participate in the Pioneer Bowl this year,” said Albany State Athletic Director Dr. Richard Williams.
“While our team, student body, alumni and fans were looking forward to playing another football game, it will not diminish the outstanding year enjoyed by our student-athletes, coach Mike White and the entire Albany State University football staff.”
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