A field that included four past Heisman Trophy winners, 10 members of the College Football Hall of Fame, 20 All-Americas, six coaches of the year, four NFL Hall of Famers and 51 NFL All-Pro or Pro Bowl players recently took to Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee outside Atlanta to play for $400,000 in scholarship money at the annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament.
Making up the pairings were Nick Saban and Steve Sloan (Alabama), Dabo Swinney and Dwight Clark (Clemson), Jimbo Fisher and Terrell Buckley (Florida State), Paul Johnson and Jon Barry (Georgia Tech), Ralph Friedgen and Stan Gelbaugh (Maryland), Houston Nutt and Wesley Walls (Ole Miss), Butch Davis and Natrone Means (North Carolina), Monte Towe and Sidney Lowe (North Carolina State), Steve Spurrier and Sterling Sharpe (South Carolina), Bobby Johnson and Will Perdue (Vanderbilt), Frank Beamer and Brad Clontz (Virginia Tech) and Jim Grobe and Billy Packer (Wake Forest).
"Each year, the coaches have gone recruiting for a better player, a better celebrity," said Chick-fil-A Bowl CEO Gary Stokan. "Like Houston Nutt went and got Wesley Walls this year. The first year Steve Spurrier had Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish, then he went and got Sterling Sharpe. ...These coaches really get competitive and they love to recruit, so they're out there making sure they get great players."