HOOVER, Ala. — The mystery is over. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier fessed up to not voting for Florida quarterback Tim Tebow on the All-SEC first team. And he feels terrible about it.
Spurrier apologized profusely Friday at the Southeastern Conference’s media days, admitting he didn’t fill out his team’s ballot. His director of operations completed the form, voting for Ole Miss’ Jevan Snead instead of Tebow because the Gators had so many selections on the team.
Spurrier said he gave it a cursory glance before sending it in. He investigated only once the story began to gain steam that one coach didn’t vote for Tebow.
“That’s my fault,” said Spurrier, who claimed he didn’t sleep well Thursday night because of the gaffe. “I take full responsibility. And I apologized to Tim Tebow. We should not have messed that up. We screwed it up pretty bad. I’m embarrassed about it. I feel bad about it.”
The story has a happy ending. Spurrier called the SEC offices to correct his mistake. He changed his vote, making Tebow a unanimous selection by the coaches.
“We made a mistake and I made a mistake,” Spurrier said. “Tim Tebow is not only the best quarterback in this league, I think he’s the best football player in the country. I believe he and (Florida’s) Danny Wuerffel will go down as two of the best quarterbacks, maybe the best to ever play college football. That’s how good he is.”