Pairings Announced for Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

April 24, 2012

Greensboro, Ga. - The Chick-fil-A Bowl today announced the official pairings for the sixth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. A 16-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni will compete in a two-man scramble format over 18 holes, vying for a first-place prize of $125,000 in scholarship funds. All participating teams will receive a portion of the $520,000 total scholarship purse.

In the event's largest field to date, featured groups include conference and state rivalry pairings, as well as teams that have competed or are set to compete in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Alabama vs. Virginia Tech - 2009 and 2013, NC State vs. Tennessee - 2012). Official group pairings include:

Group One:Coach / Celebrity / Pairing Notes
TennesseeDerek Dooley / Stanley Morgan / 2012 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
NC StateTom O'Brien / Tom Gugliotta
Group Two: 
AlabamaNick Saban / Johnny Musso / 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
Virginia TechFrank Beamer / Dell Curry ('07 Champions)
Group Three: 
Florida StateJimbo Fisher / Terrell Buckley / Conference & state rivalry pairing ('10 Champs)
MiamiAl Golden / Gino Torretta
Group Four: 
MarylandRandy Edsall / Stan Gelbaugh / Conference rivalry pairing
VirginiaMike London / Jim Dombrowski
Group Five: 
Wake ForestJim Grobe / Riley Skinner / Conference rivalry pairing
ClemsonDabo Swinney / Steve Fuller
Group Six: 
Georgia TechPaul Johnson / Jon Barry Coach rivalry pairing ('11 Champions)
Ohio StateUrban Meyer / Jeff Logan
Group Seven: 
N. CarolinaLarry Fedora / Roy Williams / Rivalry pairing
S. CarolinaSteve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe ('08, '09 Champions)
Group Eight: 
Mississippi St.Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary / Conference & state rivalry pairing
MississippiHugh Freeze / Sean Tuohy

The nation's premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 29 - May 1 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. In the past five years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided $2.55 million in scholarship and charitable contributions.

In addition to the $520,000 scholarship purse, a $135,000 charitable donation will be made to 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, which total more than $13 million since 2002, making the Chick-fil-A Bowl college football's most charitable bowl game.

The tournament is being taped by ESPN for broadcast in August and December. Specific air dates will be announced this summer.

For more information on the event, visit