SEC Media Days Concludes

BIRMINGHAM - It was the SEC's version of "America's Most Wanted" - who was the mystery head coach who had the nerve to vote for Jevan Snead rather than Tim Tebow as the SEC's top quarterback in the annual preseason poll? The mystery was solved by looking to another former Heisman winner.

The preseason all-SEC selections were made by conference coaches shortly before SEC Media Days, and for the most part, there were no surprises. Except one--a minor one, perhaps, but seemingly inexplicable.

Tim Tebow received ten first place votes out of 11 possible (a coach cannot vote for his own players). Nearly unanimous, but the Heisman trophy winner, the two-time BCS title game champion, was, well, not quite unanimous.

One by one the SEC head coaches paraded to the podium. On Wednesday, Bobby Johnson, Bobby Petrino, Dan Mullen and Rich Brooks denied the omission.

On Thursday, the process repeated--Nick Saban, Mark Richt, and Houston Nutt all explained it was an omission that could not be made in a civilized society.

With the final day of SEC Media Days upon us, the mystery continued. Which -- if any -- of the four head coaches would acknowledge being the one with the omission.

Finally, The old ball coach, a former Heisman trophy winner himself, Steve Spurrier of South Carolina fessed up.

"I need to address it right now, who did you vote for," Spurrier said. "In actuality, I didn't do much voting at all. I didn't fill the sheet out. But, anyway, my answer was some coach made a pretty serious mistake, either dumb or careless mistake, by not having Tim Tebow as his first selection."

"When all this came up Wednesday, I guess, in the Thursday morning paper, I read, Some guy did not vote for Tim Tebow. Who was that? Our director of operation filled it out, brought it in to me one day. I looked at it quickly. I said, That's fine. I signed off on it. I called him. I said, Certainly we had Tim Tebow. He said, Well, actually, coach, we had Jevan Snead. He said something about we already had 10 Gators, maybe get another guy. I said, That's bad. But it's my fault. I take full responsibility. I messed that up. I apologized to Tim Tebow. We screwed it up pretty badly. I'm embarrassed about it. I feel bad about it. That's the way it happened."

"I've called Charlie Bloom (of the SEC). I said, Can I change our selection from South Carolina and put Tim Tebow in?"

"He said, Yes. I was able to put Tim Tebow in today, so it's unanimous."

"I know some of you may think that's maybe not right, but we made a mistake there. I made a mistake. Tim Tebow is not only the best quarterback in this league, I think he's the best in the country. I think he's the best football player in the country. What he's done there, I believe he and Danny Wuerffel will go down in history as the two best quarterbacks, maybe the two best to ever play college football. That's how good he is."

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