Bama's Saban to be in Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

The Chick-fil-A Bowl Tuesday announced the official pairings for its Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament May 3. Twelve university teams of head coaches and celebrity alumni will compete in six groups vying for their share of the $415,000 scholarship purse.

The groups will tee off at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 3 and play a two-man scramble format over 18 holes. The tournament's championship team will earn a $120,000 first place scholarship donation to their university.

Featured groups include rivalry pairings that mirror the Chick-fil-A Bowl's ACC vs. SEC format. Two of the pairings will match teams that have competed or are set to compete in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Alabama vs. Virginia Tech – 2008 and NC State vs. Tennessee – 2012). Official group pairings include:

Group One:

Clemson                             Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller  VS.

South Carolina                   Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe

Group Two:

Alabama                            Nick Saban / Chris Mohr  VS.

Virginia Tech                      Frank Beamer / Dell Curry

Group Three:

NC State                           Tom O'Brien / Torry Holt  VS.

Tennessee                        Derek Dooley / Stanley Morgan

Group Four:

Maryland                            Randy Edsall / Stan Gelbaugh  VS.

Ole Miss                             Houston Nutt / Wesley Walls

Group Five:

Mississippi State               Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary  VS.

Wake Forest                     Jim Grobe / Riley Skinner

Group Six:

Georgia Tech                     Paul Johnson / Jon Barry  VS.

Miami                                 Al Golden / Gino Torretta

The nation's premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held at the beautiful Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. Over the past four years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided $1.9 million in scholarship and charity to its participating universities.

In addition to the $415,000 scholarship purse, additional proceeds will be donated to selected charities including Chick-fil-A's WinShape Homes. The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to the Chick-fil-A Bowl's overall charitable and scholarship donations. The Chick-fil-A Bowl leads all bowls in the country in charitable giving, including gifts of more than $7 million since 2002.

The tournament is being taped by ESPN for broadcast in the fall. The event will air Aug. 6 at noon and Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. on ESPN-2.

For more information on the event, visit

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics