Spurrier Explains the Missing Tebow Vote

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- This year's non-story of all non-stories is, as it turns out, a bureaucratic snafu in the Gamecock football offices. Steve Spurrier's assistant botched the voting, Spurrier didn't notice, and the ballot stood and fueled two days of fevered speculation on who among the SEC's coaches dared not vote the Heisman winner and two-time national champion as the first-team All-SEC quarterback. ↵

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↵"In actuality, I didn't do much voting at all. I didn't fill the sheet out. It was either a dumb or careless mistake, and some coach made a serious mistake by not having Tim Tebow. My director of football operations brought the ballot by, and signed it. I got here and saw that someone didn't vote for Tebow, and I said 'We had Tebow, right?' ↵And he said, 'Actually coach, we had Jevan Snead. We already had ten gators...'" ↵

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↵"We screwed it up pretty badly, we're embarrassed about it. We made a mistake, and I made a mistake," Spurrier said. "I think he's the best football player in the country. I think he and Danny Wuerffel will go down as the two best quarterbacks to ever play in college football history. ↵

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↵"I messed it up, and I take full blame for it. I didn't sleep worth a dang last night thinking about it." ↵

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↵And then Spurrier said "Now, South Carolina football," and the controversy ends. Spurrier had Charles Bloom of the SEC change his vote, putting eleven Gators on Spurrier's ballot, and making Tebow a unanimous selection. Rain may continue falling, the sun may resume shining, and the gravity will be turned back on here at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. (And about time: typing on the ceiling is hard.) ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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