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Pairings Announced For 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

April 28, 2011

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson and former Yellow Jacket basketball standout Jon Barry will again team up in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge. This will mark the fourth consecutive year the duo will take to the course to compete for $415,000 in scholarship money at the fifth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament May 1-3.

Johnson and Barry will be teamed with new Miami coach Al Golden and former Hurricane quarterback Gino Torretta. The groups will tee off at 8:30 a.m. May 3 and play a two-man scramble format over 18 holes. The championship team will earn a $120,000 first place scholarship donation to its university. Each of the 12 teams will receive a portion of the $415,000 scholarship purse.

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.

The 13 university teams will be vying for the $120,000 first-place prize with all teams receiving a portion of the $415,000 scholarship purse.

The official group pairings are:

Group One:
Clemson (Dabo Swinney/Steve Fuller)
South Carolina (Steve Spurrier/Sterling Sharpe)

Group Two:
Alabama (Nick Saban/Chris Mohr)
Virginia Tech (Frank Beamer/Dell Curry)

Group Three:
NC State (Tom O’Brien/Torry Holt)
Tennessee (Derek Dooley/Stanley Morgan)

Group Four:
Maryland (Randy Edsall/Stan Gelbaugh)
Ole Miss (Houston Nutt/Wesley Walls)

Group Five:
Mississippi State (Dan Mullen/Fred McCrary)
Wake Forest (Jim Grobe/Riley Skinner)

Group Six:
Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson/Jon Barry)
Miami (Al Golden/Gino Torretta)

Past winners: 2010 Florida State (Fisher/Buckley/ -7), 2009 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12, playoff winners), 2008 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12), 2007 Virginia Tech (Beamer/Curry / -10).

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, and will be broadcast Aug. 6 at noon and Dec. 31 at 11 a.m.

For more information on the event, visit www.Chick-fil-ABowlChallenge.com.

–RamblinWreck.com–

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