This one can be filed under, Oh to be a fly on the wall. Or one of their caddies: UGA head football coach Kirby Smart and Alabama head coach Nick Saban are paired against each other in an upcoming golf tournament.
The occasion is the 11th annual Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament, to be held next week at Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee.
Smart will be playing with former Georgia football player David Dukes, while Saban’s partner will be former Alabama running back Mark Ingram, a Heisman Trophy winner.
Smart worked under Saban for almost a decade before leaving to become Georgia’s head coach last year. Since then the two have battled on the recruiting trail and over Maurice Smith. Evidently there’s no lingering animosity, as the two wouldn’t have agreed to be matched up. (Unless they wanted to settle things on the golf course.)
Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze are among the other coaches participating. So is Steve Spurrier, who’s playing for Florida along with his former quarterback, Shane Matthews.
The last two coaches that Georgia played last season will face each other: Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson (paired with Jon Barry) will go against TCU’s Gary Patterson (paired with LaDainian Tomlinson).