April 15, 2008
Greensboro, GA -
With the Chick-fil-A Bowl Alma Mater at Reynolds Plantation only 14 days away, several returning coaches have named their celebrity alumnus partners. The April 29 golf event will provide $375,000 in scholarship donations to the participating universities.
Auburn University Head Coach Tommy Tuberville will play with former All-American Tigers quarterback and current Samford University head coach Pat Sullivan. While at Auburn, Sullivan led the Tigers to a 26-7 record and was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1971.
Head Coach Nick Saban from the University of Alabama has selected former Crimson Tide and Oakland Raider quarterback Ken Stabler. Stabler helped lead Alabama to back-to-back National Championships in 1965 and 1966 and finished his college career a combined 28-3-2. He later led the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory in 1977.
Ralph Friedgen, University of Maryland head coach, will team up with former Terps QB and NFL veteran Neil O'Donnell, who led the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl XXX. O'Donnell also played with the New Your Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans during his 14-year career.
Head Coach Steve Spurrier from the University of South Carolina has selected former Gamecocks wide receiver and Green Bay Packers' All-Pro Sterling Sharpe. As a wide receiver at the University of South Carolina, Sharpe set school records with 169 career receptions and 2,497 receiving yards and a since-broken record of 17 career touchdowns. Sharpe is currently an NFL analyst with the NFL Network.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl Alma Mater at Reynolds Plantation will be played April 29 and features pairings that include a university head coach and a celebrity alumnus from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from around the country.
The unparalleled field will also include defending champions Frank Beamer and Dell Curry of Virginia Tech and other top NCAA head coaches and celebrities. In all, 14 teams are scheduled to hit the links - all vying for the $100,000 first-place prize.
The 2008 field now includes:
TEAM: COACH: CELEBRITY:
Alabama Nick Saban Ken Stabler
Auburn Tommy Tuberville Pat Sullivan
Boston College Jeff Jagodinski Chris O'Donnell
Georgia Tech Paul Johnson Jon Barry
Maryland Ralph Friedgen Neil O'Donnell
South Carolina Steve Spurrier Sterling Sharpe
UCLA Rick Neuheisel Sinjin Smith
UConn Jim Calhoun Donny Marshall
Virginia Tech Frank Beamer Dell Curry
Wake Forest Jim Grobe Billy Packer
More new teams will be announced prior to the event.
The celebrity round will be taped for broadcast and aired nationally by CBS from 2 - 4 p.m. (ET) on Christmas Day. The made-for-TV portion is being produced by Savlov Consulting, Inc.
In addition to the $375,000 scholarship purse, another $50,000 of the proceeds will be donated to the Reynolds Foundation.
For more information on the event, visit www.Chick-fil-ABowlAlmaMater.com.