Thursday, July 23, 2009
Search continues for dissenter
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The hunt is on: Which SEC coach didn't vote for Tim Tebow?
When the results of the preseason All-SEC first team came out last week, eyebrows were raised when it was noticed the Florida two-time national championship-winning quarterback was not a unanimous selection at the position.
SEC coaches can't vote for their own players for the preseason team, so a unanimous selection means the player got 11 of 12 votes.
So Tebow got 10 of 12 votes, with Gators coach Urban Meyer not able to vote for Tebow. The quarterback who got the other two votes was Mississippi's Jevan Snead -- and theoretically, Meyer would account for one of the two.
ESPN.com's Chris Low writes about all things SEC in his conference blog.
"No, I do not know who didn't vote for me," Tebow said, when asked if knew who the lone coach was that didn't pick him.
Some, like Mississippi's Houston Nutt, didn't wait to be asked.
"I just want to go ahead and tell you that I voted for Tim Tebow," Nutt said. "I voted him first team."
The conference had scheduled its football media days for this week, starting Wednesday, in Hoover, Ala., and the pursuit began as reporters tried to flush out the lone dissenter.
Tennessee's Lane Kiffin, the first logical suspect, already came out Tuesday and said on the record that he voted for Tebow.
On Wednesday, Kentucky coach Rich Brooks, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson confirmed they voted for the Gators quarterback as well.
Thursday was Day 2 of the SEC media days, and the list continued to be whittled. Georgia's Mark Richt said he voted for Tebow; Alabama's Nick Saban said he did, as well.
"It would be very difficult for somebody not to vote for Tim, but I guess they did," Richt said. "Maybe it was a mistake."
It's the second year in a row that Tebow wasn't a unanimous selection on the preseason team, which is picked by the coaches. He also wasn't a unanimous selection as the first-team quarterback by the coaches at the end of last season.
There were only three unanimous selections on this year's All-SEC preseason team: LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones and Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry.
But back to Tebow-gate. If the vote affirmations are true, then that leaves just three to quiz: Auburn's Gene Chizik, LSU's Les Miles and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier.
Friday is the final day of the SEC's media days.
Information from ESPN.com's Chris Low and the Associated Press contributed to this report.