Details of Busters National Championship game revealed

Information courtesy of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Kickoff for this year’s NJCAA national championship game between No. 1 East Mississippi Community College Lions and No. 2 Garden City Community College Broncbusters is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 29 at Carnie Smith Stadium on the campus of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.


  • East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) is a four-time national champion, 2011, 2013, 2014 & 2017. Garden City Community College (GCCC) was national champion in 2016.
  • East Mississippi has allowed only 11.4 points per game this season, the best in the NJCAA. Garden City has rushed for 307.6 yards per game this season, the best in the NJCAA.
  • East Mississippi campus is about 500 miles southeast of Carnie Smith Stadium. Garden City campus is about 400 miles west of the stadium.
  • East Mississippi Head Coach Buddy Stephens eclipsed 100 wins this season.
  • Garden City Head Coach Jeff Sims was recently named the next head coach of Missouri Southern State University, an in-conference rival of Pittsburg State and is about 40 minutes southeast of Pittsburg.
  • East Mississippi was featured in seasons 1 and 2 of the Netflix series, Last Chance U. The team featured in seasons 3 and 4 is Independence Community College, which is just over an hour west of where this year’s national championship game will be played. Independence Head Coach Jason Brown was briefly an assistant coach for Coach Sims at Garden City.


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This is the first year of a three-year agreement with the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the game in Pittsburg. The game will also be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.