Tuberville & Schaffer Team Up For Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge|
April 17, 2014
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati Football Head Coach Tommy Tuberville and former standout linebacker JK Schaffer are part of an 11-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni set to compete in the eighth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament.
Top national coaches, including Tuberville, Frank Beamer, Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier and many others will hit the links, all vying for their share of the $520,000 scholarship purse for their universities.
The nation's premier head coach and celebrity golf event will be held April 27-29 at the Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta. In the past seven years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has provided more than $4 million in scholarship and charitable contributions.
Tuberville is entering his second year at Cincinnati, leading the Bearcats to a 9-4 mark and a Belk Bowl appearance in 2013. The 18-year veteran coach came to UC after successful stints at Texas Tech, Auburn and Ole Miss.
Schaffer, a Cincinnati native (LaSalle HS), is in his third year as a linebacker with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 2012 UC grad was a two-time All-Big East selection, the league's 2012 scholar-athlete of the year and a member of three conference championship teams. In 50 games, he totaled 337 tackles, nine sacks, 28 tackles-for-loss, seven INTs, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 15 passes defensed and is one of four players in Big East history to record 100 or more tackles in three different seasons.
"This event is really a celebration of college football, with National Coaches of the Year, Heisman Trophy winners and celebrity alumni, all representing their universities in a competition for scholarship money for their schools," said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge main event features pairings that include a university head coach and a celebrity or former athlete from the same school competing in a scramble format against other university teams from around the country. The tournament will be broadcast by ESPN in August and December. Specific dates will be announced this summer.
Over the three-day event, several tournament rounds will be played in addition to the televised round of coaches and celebrities. The field of competitors for the featured round is scheduled to include three former winning teams including Paul Johnson and Jon Barry of Georgia Tech (2011, 2012), Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe from South Carolina (2008, 2009), and Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer (2007).
The field of competitors for the featured event is scheduled to include:
The 11 university teams will be vying for the $125,000 first-place prize, with all teams receiving a portion of the $520,000 scholarship purse.