What SEC Coach Didn't Vote For Tim Tebow?

Princess CooperCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15:  Football player Tim Tebow arrives at the 2009 ESPY Awards held at Nokia Theatre LA Live on July 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The 17th annual ESPYs will air on Sunday, July 19 at 9PM ET on ESPN.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

The Pre-Season All SEC Coaches Team was announced on Thursday. There were really no surprises in who was on the first teams. No argument really for the first team on offense or defense. I was also not surprised that the Florida Gators lead the SEC with most players voted on first, second, and third teams. Also, no surprises here by the fact that the Gators had eight player on the first team...that included offense, defense, and special teams.

 
There were also three players who were unanimously voted on to the first teams. Those players were LSU OL Ciron Black, Alabama WR Julio Jones, and Tennessee's DB Eric Berry.
 
Now we in the SEC as fans know that coaches can't vote for their own players. That's no surprise to any of us. But, the bombshell of the Summer I think was why was Tim Tebow not unanimously voted in.
 
I don't know of any player in College Football in recent years who have made an impact on the game as Tebow has.Like him or not the results since he has been there are indisputable.  
 
So, who slighted him? Who decided to take him and the Gators on and say that he is not hands down the best QB in the SEC pre-season prediction or not.
 
I thought I would take a hard look at each coach in the SEC and put my own spin on who would not vote Tebow and why:
 
Mark Richt, Georgia 
 
As heated as this rival still is I don't see Coach Richt choosing someone other than Tebow for spite. No matter if there were timeout at the end of last years game or not. But, you must admit he does have motive.
 
Dan Mullen, Mississippi State 
 
Just two words here....no way. Tebow is part of the reason that he is now in the role of a head coach at Mississippi State.
 
Steve Spurrier, South Carolina 
 
I don't see him either. He seems to be appreciative of Tebow's ability. He has been quoted as saying, " he wish Stephen Garcia had the work ethic of a Tim Tebow." I also thinks he will always have a little orange and blue running through his veins. After Tebow's performance in the SECG and the NCG Spurrier also stated that "Tebow is the best third down college QB he has ever seen."
 
Houston Nutt, Ole Miss 
 
During the SEC Coaches Meetings in Destin, Florida last month Coach Nutt said he has used Tebow's infamous speech as a motivational tool for his own players. He has said that "he was very impressed with Tebow's commitment after such a devastating and unexpected loss." Now this could all be an SEC smokescreen but, I am inclined to believe. I would predict a no here too.
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Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt
 
Unless Coach Johnson is just tired of losing to the Gators and thought this would be one subtle way to mess with program I don't see him being in the mix either with a descendant vote.  
 
Rich Brooks, Kentucky
 
After that shellacking by the Gators last to the tune of 63-5 in 2008 I wouldn't say Coach Brooks. I would think he would have a Coaches appreciation for the total dominance by the Gators. But, let's just say he would have a reason as immature a reason as it would be."
 
Nick Saban, Alabama
 
I am not a Saban fan nor a Bama fan. But, you must give Coach Saban credit for doing what Coach Shula couldn't do. All that being said, Saban seems to be appreciate good football and good football players. And, even though there are rumors that Coach Meyer helped the Utah Utes scout the Tide before last years Sugar Bowl. I don't think that would be Saban's style.
 
 
Gene Chizik, Auburn
 
Okay, I will try not to sound cynical here. I don't think Chizik knows enough about anything let alone coaching. To go 5-19 in the Big 12 and still land a premier head coaching job in the SEC is ridiculous. Even if he didn't vote for Tebow I wouldn't care.I don't even care that he is a fellow Florida Grad. 
 
And, I am sure this could be a subject for another article. But, how Chizik would get a serious look and Charlie Strong not even get a phone call is beyond me. So again, this is my I don't care guy here.
 
Bobby Petrino, Arkansas
 
Considering Petrino's success as offensive coach with Louisville and his success in developing productive QBs I would consider who he voted for creditable. Do I believe that he was the descendant vote against Tebow? I don't think so. I thought Arkansas held it's own against Florida for the first half of the game so I don't see any true motivation. Maybe I should take the opposite stance though. Maybe because they were not blown out last year by the Gators maybe Coach Petrino thinks Tebow is not all world....or at least Pre-Season All SEC.
 
Les Miles, LSU
 
Now here is an interesting Coach. In Death Valley, Coach Miles embarrassed the Florida Gators, the program, and our defense. But, that was 2007. In 2008 at the "Swamp" the game got of hand early and Tebow was a main reason we hung fifty-six points on Miles defense. I would venture to say though that he would see Tebow as a unanimous choice.
 
Lane Kiffin, Tennessee
 
Yes, I save Kiffin last for a reason. I would bet my new motorcycle on this one. There is no way that Coach Kiffin or anyone from his staff is going to shine any positive light on the Florida Program Tebow or not. I think this was a chance for Kiffin to show that not everyone thinks that Tebow is indeed Superman. That he indeed is not a unanimous choice in the Volunteer state. This rival is officially renewed. I give Coach Kiffin enough credit for that. I just hope that his players and staff can back all of this up.
And, I don't know if the Volunteers have heard of the new paraphernalia in the Heavener Complex. Paraphernalia that indicates the importance of September 19th but, that would probably be enough motivation by Kiffin to continue to put gas on this fire.
 
Here is the list in case anyone missed it:
 

2009 SEC COACHES PRE-SEASON ALL-SEC FOOTBALL TEAM

Pos.Name, SchoolHt.Wt.ClassHometown
First-Team Offense
TEDJ Willams, Arkansas6-2251jr.Little Rock. Arkansas
*OLCiron Black, LSU6-5325Sr.Tyler, Texas
OLMike Johnson, Alabama6-6305Sr.Pensacola, Fla.
OLMike Pouncey, Florida6-5312Jr.Lakeland, Fla.
OLJohn Jerry, Ole Miss6-5350Sr.Batesville, Miss.
CMaurkice Pouncey, Florida6-5312Jr.Lakeland, Fla.
*WRJulio Jones, Alabama6-4210So.Foley, Ala.
WRA.J. Green, Georgia6-4207So.Summerville, S.C.
QBTim Tebow, Florida6-3240Sr.Jacksonville, Fla.
RBMichael Smith, Arkansas5-7176Sr.Tallahassee, Fla.
RBCharles Scott, LSU5-11233Sr.Saline, La.
Second-Team Offense
TERIchard Dickson, LSU6-3246Sr.Ocean Springs, Miss.
OLLee Ziemba, Auburn6-8285Jr.Rogers, Ark.
OLClint Boling, Georgia6-5297Jr.Alpharetta, Ga.
#OLChris Scott, Tennessee6-5346Sr.Riverdale, Ga.
#OLCarl Johnson, Florida6-6330Jr.Durham, N.C.
#OLCordy Glenn, Georgia6-5331So.Riverdale, Ga.
CJosh McNeil, Tennessee6-4280Sr.Collins, Miss.
WRBrandon LaFell, LSU6-3209Sr.Houston, Texas
WRDexter McCluster, Ole Miss5-8165Sr.Largo, Fla.
QBJevan Snead, Ole Miss6-3215Jr.Stephenville, Texas
RBAnthony Dixon, Mississippi State6-1235Sr.Jackson, Miss.
RBJeff Demps, Florida5-8176So.Winter Garden, Fla.
Third-Team Offense
TEAaron Hernandez, Florida6-3255Jr.Bristol, Conn.
OLJacques McClendon, Tennessee6-3324Sr.Cleveland, Tenn.
OLZipp Duncan, Kentucky6-5291Sr.Magnolia, Ky.
OLMitch Petrus, Arkansas6-4315Sr.Carlisle, Ark.
OLTrinton Sturdivant, Georgia6-5306So.Wadesboro, N.C.
CJorge Gonzalez, Kentucky6-3300Sr.Tampa, Fla.
WRShay Hodge, Ole Miss6-1207Sr.Morton, Miss.
#WRTerrance Tolliver, LSU6-5194Jr.Hempstead, Texas
#WRGerald Jones, Tennessee6-0199Jr.Oklahoma City, Okla.
#QBStephen Garcia, South Carolina6-2219So.Lutz, Fla.
#QBMike Hartline, Kentucky6-6206Jr.Canton, Ohio
RBMark Ingram, Alabama5-10215So.Flint, Mich.
RBBen Tate, Auburn5-11216Sr.Newark, Md.
First-Team Defense
DLTerrence Cody, Alabama6-5365Sr.Fort Myers, Fla.
DLGreg Hardy, Ole Miss6-4265Sr.Millington, Tenn.
DLCarlos Dunlap, Florida6-6290Jr.North Charleston, S.C.
LBRolando McClain, Alabama6-4249Jr.Decatur, Ala.
LBBrandon Spikes, Florida6-3245Sr.Shelby, N.C.
LBRennie Curran, Georgia5-11222Jr.Snellville, Ga.
LBEric Norwood, South Carolina6-1252Sr.Acworth, Ga.
*DBEric Berry, Tennessee5-11203Jr.Fairburn, Ga.
DBJavier Arenas, Alabama5-9198Sr.Tampa, Fla.
DBTrevard Lindley, Kentucky6-0179Sr.Hiram, Ga.
DBJoe Haden, Florida5-11185Jr.Ft. Washington, Md.
Second-Team Defense
DLCharles Alexander, LSU6-3310Sr.Breaux Bridge, La.
DLAntonio Coleman, Auburn6-3250Sr.Mobile, Ala.
#DLGeno Atkins, Georgia6-1290Sr.Pembroke Pines, Fla.
#DLDan Williams, Tennessee6-3327Sr.Memphis, Tenn.
#DLMalcolm Sheppard, Arkansas6-2280Sr.Bainbridge, Ga.
LBMicah Johnson, Kentucky6-2258Sr.Ft. Campbell, Ky.
LBPatrick Benoist, Vanderbilt6-0224Sr.Southlake, Texas
LBRico McCoy, Tennessee6-1220Sr.Washington, D.C.
LBDont'a Hightower, Alabama6-4250So.Lewisburg, Tenn.
DBAhmad Black, Florida5-9190Jr.Lakeland, Fla.
DBChad Jones, LSU6-3214Jr.New Orleans, La.
DBPrince Miller, Georgia5-8198Sr.Duncan, S.C.
DBMyron Lewis, Vanderbilt6-2205Sr.Pompano Beach, Fla.
Third-Team Defense
DLJeff Owens, Georgia6-3300Sr.Sunrise, Fla.
DLMarcus Tillman, Ole Miss6-4260Sr.McCall Creek, Miss.
#DLRahim Alem, LSU6-3254Sr.New Orleans, La.
#DLCorey Peters, Kentucky6-3295Sr.Louisville, Ky.
LBChris Marve, Vanderbilt6-0228So.Memphis, Tenn.
LBJamar Chaney, Mississippi State6-1245Sr.Fort Pierce, Fla.
LBRyan Stamper, Florida6-2232Sr.Jacksonville, Fla.
LBPerry Riley, LSU6-1240Sr.Ellenwood, Ga.
DBMajor Wright, Florida6-0200Jr.Miramar, Fla.
DBJanoris Jenkins, Florida5-10185So.Pahokee, Fla.
#DBRyan Hamilton, Vanderbilt6-2210Sr.Wycombe, Penn.
#DBChris Culliver, South Carolina6-0190Jr.Garner, N.C.
#DBReshad Jones, Georgia6-2214Jr.Atlanta, Ga.
First-Team Specialists
PKLeigh Tiffin, Alabama6-1199Sr.Muscle Shoals, Ala.
PChas Henry, Florida6-4215Jr.Dallas, Ga.
RSBrandon James, Florida5-7186Sr.St. Augustine, Fla.
Second-Team Specialists
PKJonathan Phillips, Florida5-10210Sr.Wellington, Fla.
PBrett Upson, Vanderbilt5-11185Sr.Griffin, Ga.
RSJavier Arenas, Alabama5-9198Sr.Tampa, Fla.
Third-Team Specialists
PKJoshua Shene, Ole Miss5-8170Sr.Oklahoma City, Okla.
PSpencer Lanning, South Carolina5-11188Jr.Rock Hill, S.C.
RSTrindon Holliday, LSU5-5165Sr.Zachary, La.