Penn State held its 17th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Golf Tournament on the Blue and White Courses on campus Friday. There was an interesting mix of coaches on hand.
The featured group, of course, included Nittany Lion basketball coach Pat Chambers and football coach Bill O'Brien. Four men bid a total of $5,100 in an auction to win the right to golf with Chambers and O'Brien.
Naturally, the media focused squarely on that group, staying with it through an earlier-agreed-upon first three holes before giving Chambers, O'Brien and company a little peace.
As usual, we grabbed a cart and cruised around both courses. Along the way, we ran into two relative PSU newcomers who have already made a significant impact on the football program -- strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald and defensive coordinator John Butler.
And we were also lucky enough to catch up with two former Penn State basketball coaches who were instrumental in establishing the school's highly successful Coaches vs. Cancer program and the annual golf tournament, which has raised more than $2 million through the years.
Bruce Parkhill was Penn State's head hoops coach in the early 1990s when the school's CVC program was established. Parkhill, who is now retired, is an annual fixture at the tournament.
Jerry Dunn was the head man when the golf tournament debuted some 17 years ago. Currently an assistant coach with the NBA's New York Knicks, this was Dunn's first trip back for the golf outing since he was replaced by Ed DeChellis in 2003.
You can see what all of the coaches had to say -- and what their respective golf games looked like -- in the video above.
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