Chick-fil-A Golf is serious business for coaches

 

Greensboro–Today we are taking a break from the serious side of college football to have a little fun and raise some money for scholarships and charity. I’m at Lake Oconee, near my home town of Union Point, for the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf tournament. I’d like you to come along.

It started as modest idea, something that would allow the Chick-fil-A Bowl to thank its supporters and to have some fun.

They would invite head coaches from all over and team them with a famous athlete from their school for a round of competitive golf against a dozen other such teams. Some scholarship money would be at stake to keep it interesting. CBS would record the competition and fill a hole in the programming lineup on Christmas Day.

“When we started we didn’t know what kind of response we would get or how popular the event could be,” said Gary Stokan, president of the bowl. “We just wanted to host something fun for all our partners.”

Today $350,000 in scholarship money will be on the line for the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf tournament. First prize is $120,000 which goes to the general scholarship fund of the winning school. By the end of the day the CFA Bowl will have handed out $500,000 for scholarships and various charities.

With this many coaches in one place, there is bound to be some news. Here are just a few nuggets:

**–South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier and former Gamecock receiver Shannon Sharpe won this event a year ago. Spurrier’s football team, however, struggled (7-6) last season but he is encouraged by what he saw in spring practice. And yes, Gamecock fans, Spurrier is cautiously optimistic that Stephen Garcia is growing into an SEC-caliber quarterback.

Spurrier was getting a little good-natured ribbing at dinner Monday night for having seven players drafted, more than any other SEC school. Six of those picks, it should be noted, were in the fifth and seventh rounds.

**–Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said the Falcons got a good one in first-round choice Peria Jerry. “Now he’s got a motor and will give you everything he’s got,” said Nutt, whose second Ole Miss team is getting some preseason love in the SEC West.

**–Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, who owns a summer home on Lake Oconee, just finished up spring practice last Saturday. He’ll spend most of June down here and then be back in the state on Sept. 5 when the Hokies, the defending ACC and Orange Bowl champs, take on Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff at the Georgia Dome. “That game has our attention, I promise you that,” Beamer said. “It is just a good opportunity for our program.” Beamer teamed with former Hokie basketball star Dell Curry to win this event two years ago.

**–Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is here. He’s working on his golf game and getting ready to do some studio work for ESPN this season. “I’m looking forward to watching for a while to see what I’ve missed,” said Tuberville. Tuberville made it clear that he wants to coach again and the smart money says he will.

**–Former Arizona State coach Frank Kush continues to work with the program which is now run by Dennis Erickson. He is more than a little concerned about the Sun Devils’ trip to Athens on Sept. 26 to play Georgia. “They handled us pretty good at home (27-10) last year,” said Kush, who was Arizona State’s head coach for 22 seasons (1958-79). “The SEC teams really have a lot of athletes.”  His undefeated 1970 team played in the Peach (now Chick-fil-A) Bowl and beat North Carolina to finish 11-0.

**–Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe was all smiles after linebacker Aaron Curry was taken as the No. 4 pick overall in the NFL Draft. One of the things people try to use against Wake Forest in recruiting is that Grobe’s program is not the best stepping stone to the NFL. This season Wake Forest had the highest player chosen in the ACC and its three overall picks were more than Florida State and Miami combined. “They won’t be able to use that against us anymore,” Grobe said. Grobe will be playing with former Wake Forest basketball star and CBS analyst Billy Packer.

**–My pick to win today is Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson and former Jacket basketball star Jon Barry, who is a scratch golfer and hits it nine miles. “I’m just here to make the putts,” said Johnson, who swings a pretty mean stick himself.

**–Even the basketball coaches get in the act. Former Georgia coach Hugh Durham, former Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson, and former Georgia and Kentucky coach Tubby Smith (now at Minnesota) are here.

Thanks for traveling with me today. I’ll see you back in Atlanta on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

84 comments Add your comment

Kiffinisatosser

April 28th, 2009
8:14 am

Heh heh, Tony’s approach to any Steve Spurrier prediction is akin to the the approach a smallmouth bass takes to a live crawdad.

Lane "Shirt-Rippin" Kiffin

April 28th, 2009
8:30 am

Dang, that Ed Orgeron can sure stink-up a bathroom.

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
8:41 am

Be interesting to see where Tubberville will end up coaching since he wants back in. He is way too good of a coach to be sitting on the sidelines for long. Unfortunately, there doesn’t look like there are many coaches on the immediate hot seat in the southeast right now.

Tony, could you update us on some of the possibilities on where Tubbs could end up at?

Watch out for Ole Miss and Nutt. He has always given Bama and LSU trouble and for once he has an NFL caliber future qb to work with. Saban has stated before that he admires Nutt more than any other sec coach because Nutt gets more out of his players than anyone. I can’t imagine how good his teams would possibly be if he had the overall talent to work with that you would find at some of the bigger name SEC schools.

Good for Wake and Aaron Curry. Its great to see an academic school excelling against the bigger boys.

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Lord of The Lizards

April 28th, 2009
8:49 am

Tommy Tuberville…Next Tennessee HC??? He’ll have to wait a couple of years though…SOS, if his teams at SC don’t take a real step forward in next 2 years I think he hits the golf course full time…was a real down year for the NFL draft for overall Florida schools with a total of 7 draft picks…Florida has a total of 7 Div 1 schools…Expect about that many Gators to go in the draft next year ALONE.

pierce

April 28th, 2009
8:50 am

Sterling, not Shannon Sharpe

Saint Nick

April 28th, 2009
8:51 am

If things go bad at Clemson this year Dabo could be one and done.

Saint Nick

April 28th, 2009
8:53 am

or should I say 1.5 and done

Kid Ray

April 28th, 2009
8:54 am

If Shannon doesn’t turn things around in Coral Gables….I could see Tuberville going back to the U as HC this time.

Too Easy

April 28th, 2009
8:58 am

This is what Stokan should be doing instead of screwing around with traditions.

m

April 28th, 2009
9:04 am

Paul Johnson wins at everything he does….just ask Mark Richt. 45-42. TGAG.

Saint Nick

April 28th, 2009
9:06 am

M,

Lets get Les Miles opinion too!!!! I wish you would TGAG your a$$ off this blog!!!!!!!!!!!ROLLS TIDES!!!!!!!!!!!

Atlanta Gator

April 28th, 2009
9:13 am

I have my doubts about his quarterback, Steven Garcia, but my money is on the Evil Genius to win the coaches’ golf tournament. Look for SOS to showcase a new way to drive the ball down the fairway faster and farther, much to the consternation of his peers.

m

April 28th, 2009
9:15 am

I sure am lonely. What did Thoreau mean by quiet lives of deperation?

Saint Nick

April 28th, 2009
9:16 am

M,

You should be used to being lonely, YOU ARE A GT FAN!!!!

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
9:22 am

Saint Nick,

Yeah. I thought Clemson would be the perfect destination for Tubbs also and if Swinney implodes then its a possibility Tubbs could end up there but I think they’ll give Dabo at least a couple of years. I was thinking UT would be a good place too but they will give Kiffin at least 2 years and I can’t see Tubbs on the sideline that long. Shannon at Miami has to accomplish something sooner or later but like Kiffin and Dabo he has 2 years unless they have a monumental implosion. Tubbs has a lot of old connections at Miami and coached there awhile.

What’s m gonna do if UGA goes back to its usual habit of beating Tech this year? There’s only so much mileage you can get out of one win.

Saint Nick

April 28th, 2009
9:35 am

I also think that Memphis has to win CUSA this year or that job will be open. Tubbs would be a very good fit their too.

m

April 28th, 2009
9:37 am

bama12…ugag does not have a recent habit of beating Tech….they HAD a recent habit of beating gomer gailey. The last 5 times that ugag has played Tech without gomer gailey….Tech has won 4 out of 5. Let me let y’all in on a little secret. There is a new sheriff in town…his name is Paul Johnson. He is going to whip you pups like a left-handed step-child…and then he is going to laugh about it just like he did last year. Thank God and Greyhound that gomer gailey is gone forever….even if you pups are too stupid to realize it…yet.

Saint Nick

April 28th, 2009
9:44 am

M,

You can’t pick and choose which years you want to count, 6 of last 7 losses by Tech is more like it!!!!

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
9:50 am

m,

Thanks for the distinction. Dude you crack me up. I’ve a feeling we now gonna hear from the dawg fans who I’m sure are gonna vehemently disagree witcha.

Saint Nick, As funny as it would be to us Bama fans to see Tubbs somewhere like Memphis I’m sure he will end up at a big time program again. BTW, did you see that we scheduled a home and home with Mich St. in 2016 and 2017. Mich St.’s athletic director stated part of the reason for the game was a reunion of sorts between Dantonio and Saban. He stated that in negotiations for the series that they fully expect Saban to still be at Bama and that was part of the reason for scheduling the series.

Rolls tides roll!

Nachos

April 28th, 2009
10:01 am

COACH O just drank all the PBR’s….. dam him!

JB

April 28th, 2009
10:05 am

Saban, at Bama in 2016 ? LOL…..He will have left Mich. St. or Mich. by then…..

RxDawg

April 28th, 2009
10:11 am

I was wondering about that too. I was pretty sure that Shannon Sharpe went to Sav St. Sterling Sharpe was the old USC player.

Saint Nick

April 28th, 2009
10:18 am

Saban is getting too old for another rebuilding job. Face it people, Saban will not be going ANYWHERE!!! Moore will do whatever it takes to keep Saban and on top of that Saban has given so much CASH back into scholarship funds.

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
10:20 am

JB,

You a funny guy! You’ve been spouting that same crap for 3 years now. How does it feel to be wrong year after year after year? Keep hoping buddy just like you’re hoping Urban Meyer will leave.

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
10:23 am

Saint Nick,

Yep. He committed to give 1 or 2 million I don’t remember which to the general scholarship fund spread out over 10 year installments. Doesn’t sound like someone who’s leaving anytime soon. But that kinda logic escapes folks like JB. JB stands for Just Brainless.

Saint Nick

April 28th, 2009
10:27 am

JB = Junk Bunker!!!!!

JB

April 28th, 2009
10:33 am

Bama 12….. i really hopes he does stay….It’s good for the SEC……You must admit after LSU and Miami that’s his Rep, but you are correct, he ain’t a spring chicken anymore and he has that wonderful house at lake Burton…..so , When you see me post that stuff, i’m just busting ya’lls chops….you know us Dawg fans catch more crap than anyone on here…..Go Dawgs….go SEC

Kiffinisatosser

April 28th, 2009
10:47 am

My God you bama boys are like dogs waiting for someone to wave a bone in front of you. You tuskless wonders sabotage every single day’s blog with your obscure bama gobbledygook. The only mullet heads even easier to incite are the spectacularly untesticular Dawg fans who get so needled by every GTecher comment.

Kiffinisatosser

April 28th, 2009
10:48 am

If all that Orgeron stinks up is a bathroom the Vols will be fortunate indeed.

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
10:55 am

JB,

We’re just busting your chops too. Its all in good fun although we all play a little rough sometimes.

Saban will stay at Bama precisely because he had a rep for jumping around and therefore no one would seriously entertain the offer of hiring him and because he’s in his late 50s and he just isn’t interested in starting another rebuilding program all over. Plus no one is going to pay him the type of money he commands and his NFL bridge is burned. Bama is his last stop because he probably couldn’t go anywhere else even if he wanted to. The only question is will he coach another 5 years, 7, 8, etc. We don’t care if its only 3 more years as long as he leaves the talent cupboard full.

I’m not sure the dawg fans catch more crap than anyone on here. I would say we all give and get our fair amount of abuse. The only bad thing about being a dawg fan is that you have to listen to m for at least another 6 or 7 months. Then again I think most of you have become enured to it and just tuned him out. Too bad we don’t have Roswell Ed anymore. I’m hoping Auburn does pretty well especially in the early going so that we can hear from Roswell Ed again.

Rolls Tides.

Kiffinisatosser

April 28th, 2009
10:57 am

My favorite thing is watch the Vol fans who made so much fun of Bayou Ed when he coached Ole Miss try and backpedal now. “oh, he just wasn’t head coach material” “Oh, he is misunderstood” “oh, look what a great recruiter he is”. What a joke.

I will give him this. All of this homoerotic shirt off ripping is a good way to keep many Vol fans “excited about the team”.

GeneChizik

April 28th, 2009
10:59 am

Nachos….HAHAHAAHAAHAHAAHAAHAHAAH

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
11:00 am

Kiffinisatosser,

We’re just having a little fun. But hearing that from you is kinda like the kettle calling the pot black. I think you’ve given out your own fair share of abuse. Hell, your handle alone is abusive to all the UT fans that like this blog.

Bo Williams

April 28th, 2009
11:00 am

I hate to say it, but Tubbs would put UVA back on the map. Among the elite of America’s public universities (Cal, Michian, UNC), and having a perfectly beautiful campus located in a beautiful setting, the recruiting grounds are fertile (Northern Va., Tidewater Va, Pa., Md., DC). If I were a college-aged athlete, I would choose UVA over any SEC school, especially if I value quality education.

JB

April 28th, 2009
11:03 am

Bama12…Thanks….my father in law is Bama Alum ( from Geraldine, sand mtn) and he talks Bama football 24/7……….I pull for Bama except you know when……… I know , like us, you have some concerns about you QB this year. I feel Joe Cox, who has been there four years will be fine, but we better come up with someone to run the ball…..4 or 5 backs on roster, but none stepping out out pack yet…….

Kiffinisatosser

April 28th, 2009
11:05 am

bama 12….it’s one thing to incite and another to rise to every piece of chum that floats through the water. You guys are the bream of this blog. Why so brittle? I guess I would be too were I forced to support a university as lackluster as UAT.

DukeDevilnator

April 28th, 2009
11:20 am

Not so fast Mr. Bo Williams. Uva is OK, but any turnip brain from the state of Virginia can be accepted there. If you cae about an education come to Durham.

Volmanniquin

April 28th, 2009
11:22 am

Why do you guys hate CLK so much? He hasn’t even coached a game yet. He has mobilized the fan base better than Fulmer did even during the championship year. Just because he talks alot doesnt mean anything now. and his dad is a genious.

Kiffinisatosser

April 28th, 2009
11:25 am

Monte Hall is more of “genious” than Monte Kiffin.

Bo Williams

April 28th, 2009
11:25 am

Au contraire, Mr. short britches sucking a lollipop! My post-grad was done in part at Duke. I made honors in every course. Had never done that before.

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
11:25 am

JB,

Sand Mountain is indeed a beautiful area. But real kountry. We got nothing against the dawgs except for the fun we all have needling each other on here. Kiffinisatosser thinks we’re a little rough and we probably are sometimes so we’ll try to tone it down a bit.

You have to admit that except for 2 or 4 years or how every often we play for some reason UGA-Bama has just never been a big rivalry. Most UGA fans don’t know it but 90% of the Bama fans pull for UGA to win the east over UF and especially UT which is our 2nd biggest rival and is really our biggest rival to some Bama fans. We would pull for Vandy over the big 3 in the east but that just aint realistic so must of the Bama fans root for UGA when they play UF, UT, Auburn or LSU.

As for QB both the dawgs and Bama are going to be better off at that position then people think. Dawgs will be fine on o-line and every else but you are right. One of their rbs has to step up. The UGA o-line will be really strong, especially with Sturdivant back so it shouldn’t take much for one of those rbs to become the next Moreno, Hearst, Edwards, etc. . It will be like our O-line was last year.

We will be fine all across the board. The one issue is lack of experience on the O-line. The talent is certainly there but the experience is lacking and the defense will have to carry the team for the first few games till the o-line gets settles. Va. Tech’s defense will present an unusually tough opener of a defense to go against.

DukeDevilnator

April 28th, 2009
11:27 am

Duke Power trumps Thomas Jefferson every time!

DukeDevilnator

April 28th, 2009
11:28 am

Did it ever occur to you that you might be evolving into a better student?

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
11:33 am

Kiffinisaloser,

I guess we’ll just have to be as nice to you as you are to Vols fans. Just kidding of course. I do feel offended that you said we would chase after any sort of chum in the water like a bream would. Couldn’t you at least have referred to us as sharks as opposed to bream? I would say we are a little easier on the dawg fans though than say, m or ramble on. We generally only start talking smack though when someone starts belittling our beloved crimson tide like when they call UA “lackluster”. We could be a lot worse. One of us could come up with a handle like CMRisatosser but that would be classless don’t u think?

Kiffinisatosser

April 28th, 2009
11:41 am

bama 12 – you have inadvertently come up with the perfect metaphor for bama…a bream that thinks it’s a shark! ;-) No, to be blunt, my point was that the Tidal fan base here (and really I am not singling you out) loves to launch into these huge 98 line defenses of Bama as soon as anyone says something negative about Bama. It’s ..well boringly clogged up with facts. Case in point was the inane argument about how many MNCs have been won by Bama. My Gosh…that stuff is like watching paint dry.

CMRisatosser is an excellent name by the way…maybe I’ll change to it!

PTC DAWG

April 28th, 2009
11:50 am

Glad the Coaches can have some fun, and actually get along with one another.

And to the goofy GT and UGA comments, fact is, Richt has been at UGA 8 years, he has lost to GT once. That is the one constant.

That said, hopefully one day, that sad GT fan will find a brain.

Kiffinisatosser

April 28th, 2009
11:54 am

Paul Johnson has been at GT one year and is batting an even higher average than Richt in this series.

bama12titles

April 28th, 2009
11:55 am

Kiffinisatosser,

A bream that thinks its a shark. I have to admit that is funny. We all debated Bama’s real number of national titles. Its really only 9, 4 consensus and 5 split titles between the 2 major polls of the time. But dangit 12 just sounds better even if it aint legit!

I was kidding obviously about taking a handle like CMRisatosser. Richt is very well respected by his coaching counterparts and Bama fans(at least the ones I know) have a tremendous amount of respect for the man. And you don’t need to lose the Kiffinisatosser handle either. I was just bustin on you about that but I doubt you would want to lose that handle anyway.

I talked to a couple of UT friends the other night at a local pub I hang out at and even they were a little peeved about Kiffin not playing the guy they thought should have won the qb job. A month or 2 ago they were gung ho about anything and everything he was saying and doing. But now they seem to be kinda coming out of a fog kinda like the guy in the movie Office Space if ya ever seen that. I think a few of them are kinda starting to question this guy’s judgement. Personally, I like Kiffin. I look for at least 2 years of solid entertainment from this guy before he gets canned.

Rolls tides.

Kiffinisatosser

April 28th, 2009
12:07 pm

bama 12…running off that QB was a serious mistake. Kiffin will certainly wish he had not done that at some point this coming season. It may be when Crompton fumbles twice and gets three picks against the Tide D. That game could actually be a repeat of MSU and Auburn from last year. FWIW I would pick Bama to get the 3 points.