It wasn’t the biggest financial news of the day, but on Tuesday Alabama Coach Nick Saban and former Crimson Tide player and Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram earned $50,000 for The University and Nick’s Kids. That is not chump change, but the total is about what Saban will make for a day and a half of work next year under his new eight-year Crimson Tide contract announced the same day.
Saban and Ingram finished 7-under-par in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Resort outside Atlanta.
Saban and Ingram were fifth among the 15 teams competing. For the second consecutive year, the tournament was won by Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze and his celebrity partner Wesley Walls, who birdied the final five holes to finish 11-under-par. They won $100,000 to be split between their college and Freeze’s charity.
Second was Florida (Steve Spurrier and Shane Matthews) and third was a tie between Georgia (Kirby Smart and David Dukes) and North Carolina State (Dave Doeren and Terry Harvey).
All participating teams received a portion of the $630,000 total purse.
In addition to the $630,000 charity and scholarship purse, another $170,000 was generated for charitable organizations bringing the 2017 total to $800,000 in charitable giving. Since its creation in 2007, the event has contributed a total of $6.8 million in scholarship and charity, helping make the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl college football’s most charitable bowl game.