On Friday, Steve Spurrier, the head football coach at the University South Carolina, closed the book on one controversy, and at the same time, initiated a new rage in Ole Miss football fans.
On day three of SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, Spurrier admitted he was the head coach that did not vote for Tim Tebow preseason first-team All-SEC. Actually, he placed the blame on somebody else.
He revealed that Jamie Speronis, the director of football operations at South Carolina, filled out his ballot. Spurrier said he glanced at it quickly and signed off on it. It wasn't until later, Spurrier realized Speronis voted for Jevan Snead instead of Tebow.
The media speculated at first it was Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin that didn't select Tebow. Ironically, not only did Spurrier play and coach at the University of Florida, but Speronis is a 1985 graduate of Florida.
Spurrier might have appeased Gator fans with his confession, but Ole Miss supporters should be ready for some rebel rousing.
It is not surprising that the media proved to be hypocritical in this over-hyped affair. They acted like a coach had to be the dumbest person on the planet not to vote Tebow onto the first team, but three voters out of 64 on the media version of the All-SEC team selected someone other than Tebow on the first team. There were two votes for Snead and one vote for Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett.
During his time at the media session, Spurrier revealed that he asked Charles Bloom, the SEC associate commissioner for media relations, to change his vote from Snead to Tebow, and Bloom agreed to do so.
Ole Miss should be very upset that Bloom and SEC commissioner Mike Slive allowed the change to occur. Coaches should not have the ability to switch selections around after the results have been tabulated.
There are probably several Americans who would like to change their presidential selection from Barack Obama to John McCain, but I don't expect to see the White House playground to be replaced by a shuffleboard court any time soon.
Spurrier apologized to Tebow and the Gators, but no apology to Snead was handed out. Snead deserves an explanation on why Spurrier decided to embarrass and disparage him on Friday.
Spurrier explained Speronis' reasoning for voting for Snead as an act of sympathy. Supposedly, Speronis' selection was not based on Snead's ability but the fact that he had to many Gator players on the first team.
I don't believe that is what Speronis did. I am under the opinion that Speronis truly believes Snead will be the best quarterback this season, but Spurrier made up a lame story so that the media wouldn't be making calls to Speronis questioning why he thinks Snead is better than Tebow.
Spurrier decided it would just be easier to demean Snead in front of the media.
Spurrier and the media have no right to treat Snead like he is a paraplegic. Snead is quite capable of outperforming Tebow this season. Snead did pass for more yards than Tebow while playing in one less game. Ole Miss also defeated the Gators 31-30 last year.
Tebow has been the starting quarterback for the Florida Gators for two years while Snead threw less than 50 passes in 2006 and had to sit out in 2007 due to transfer rules.
Tebow will be without Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy this year while Ole Miss returns its top five leading rushers and its top two wide receivers in terms of total catches.
Now that Spurrier's vote has changed, Tebow joins LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, and Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry as the only unanimous first-team selections. Therefore, there were several fine athletes that id not gather all the first-place votes
One has to keep in mind that a unanimous vote constituted 11 of the 12 votes since a coach could not vote for players on his team.
Snead cannot be as bad Spurrier makes him sound since Florida coach Urban Meyer voted for him on the first team.
Ole Miss fans everywhere need to circle Sept. 24 on their calendar. That is the date that Ole Miss travels to Columbia to face the Gamecocks on a Thursday night. A large viewing contingent would be nice, but the Rebels need as many supporters as possible to travel to the game.
Not only do the Rebels have to end their streak of losing five SEC openers in a row, but Ole Miss needs to humiliate South Carolina to remind Spurrier he cannot belittle a Rebel and get away with it.
Snead needs to have his best performance ever to prove to Spurrier that he is the best quarterback in the SEC.
Let me revise that-that game has to be his second best ever. Snead should save his greatest performance for the SEC Championship Game.