So who didn’t vote for Tebow?

Okay, it’s Friday which means you get to talk about anything on your mind, even if it’s not about football. But as I’ve said in the past, keep it clean. My momma reads this blog.

 

I’ll get the discussion started.

 

So who didn’t vote for Tebow? The SEC released its coaches All-SEC team yesterday and, not surprisingly, Florida had 16 players on the three-deep offense and defense. Florida had eight players on the first team while Alabama had six and LSU had three. Georgia receiver A.J. Green and linebacker Rennie Curran were the two Bulldogs on the first team.

There were only three unanimous choices on the first team: LSU offensive lineman Ciron Black, Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones, and Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players so a unanimous pick got 11 of the 12 votes.

Notice anyone missing? Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who led Florida to the 2008 national championship, was on the first team but was not a unanimous pick. Jevan Snead of Ole Miss is the only other quarterback who could really be considered at the All-SEC level but his coach, Houston Nutt, wasn’t allowed to vote for him. Interesting.

 

Tommy Bowden will give it one year: I got a chance to spend a good chunk of time with former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden on Tuesday. Bowden told the assembled media in Florence, Ala., where brother Terry is now the head coach at North Alabama, that reports that he offered to resign last October weren’t exactly accurate. Bowden says that athletics director Terry Don Phillips made it clear to him in a Monday morning meeting on Oct. 13, after a loss to Wake Forest put the Tigers at 3-3, that he would not be retained. “I went to work that morning fully anticipating coaching that day and night,” said Bowden, who never had a losing season as a head coach. “I had been a head coach for 12 years and we had always turned it around.” But when it became clear to Bowden that he did not have the support, he agreed to discuss a settlement.

Bowden, who turned 55 on July 10, said public speaking will take up most of his time this fall. For the first time in 33 years he will not be coaching.

“I’ll wait and see what happens,” he said. “If the phone starts ringing in November, I’ll have a decision to make. But I do know this. If I don’t get back in next year (2010) I probably won’t do it.”

Tommy Bowden has sold his house in Clemson and has moved his family to Panama City, Fla.

 

What does Tennessee do at WR? The No. 1 player Tennessee cannot afford to lose is safety Eric Berry. But after that, wide receiver would be to be the worst position to have injuries for the Vols. That’s why I wonder what happens in Knoxville now that senior Austin Rogers and junior Danarius Moore are hurt. Rogers is probably going to miss the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He had played a lot of football (76 career catches) and when a coaching transition is going on, you need veteran players to help stabilize things. Moore, who suffered a broken bone in his left foot, is said to be out 8 to 12 weeks after surgery. But my experience is that foot injuries are tough to bounce back from for receivers, who have to plant a foot and cut. Moore caught only 11 passes last season but he is the closest thing Tennessee has to a deep threat.

Sure, the injuries open the door for incoming freshmen like Nu’Keese Richardson but that is always risky.

What does really this mean? It means that Tennessee, who was going to run the ball a lot anyway to protect the quarterback position, will run it even more.

 

Ole Miss dodged a bullet—a big bullet. Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come for Ole Miss, which is getting a lot of love in the preseason as the possible winner of the SEC West. Its best defensive player, end Greg Hardy, and its most versatile offensive player, running back Dexter McCluster, were involved in a car accident last weekend. The car in which Hardy and McCluster were riding was struck by another car that turned in front of them, according to published reports. The players’ car caught on fire but Hardy and McCluster escaped without serious injury.

“It could have been a lot worse,” coach Houston Nutt said in media reports. No kidding.

Hardy’s status for preseason practice has not been determined. He has had two surgeries to repair a broken bone in his foot which slowed him last season. It will be sometime next week before he is evaluated.

 

Congrats to Coach Donnan: Jim Donnan certainly had his critics when he was the head coach at Georgia (1996-2000). But the fact remains that Donnan won 40 games in five years and recruited the talent that set the stage for Georgia’s 2002 SEC championship team. For his work at Marshall (1990-95), where he won 64 games in five seasons plus a Division I-AA national championship, Donnan will be one of two coaches at the divisional level to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame Saturday night in South Bend, Ind. Well deserved. Now we have to see about getting Georgia Southern’s icon, the late Erk Russell, into the Hall of Fame as well.

 

Rathbun, Archer to work FS South games: This week FS South announced an agreement to televise seven SEC football games this fall. What you may have missed was that veteran play-by-play man Bob Rathbun and former Falcons quarterback Dave Archer will be handling the broadcast duties. You probably know Rathbun best for his work with the Hawks, but the guy is a pro who has done everything. It’s good to see Archer get an opportunity to continue working SEC football. He worked with Dave Neal on the old Lincoln-Financial 12:30 p.m. SEC package but ESPN has taken over all those rights. Neal landed with ESPN, where he will work a regional package with former Heisman Trophy winner Ande Ware.

Personal note: I will be in South Bend this weekend with Jim Donnan, Lou Holtz, and all of the other players and coaches who will be enshrined Saturday night into the College Football Hall of Fame. Part of that banquet is the presentation of the Bert McGrane Award, which represents the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Hall of Fame. I was honored and humbled to be chosen, which means my name will be on the same display at the College Football Hall of Fame with Furman Bisher. Not bad for a little country boy from Union Point, Ga. I’m only there because I have a wife and a family who have supported me and wonderful people like you who have been willing to read what I write over the years. I thank you for that.

 

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186 comments Add your comment

GTJumper07

July 17th, 2009
8:25 am

I bet Spurrier voted for someone else…

KR

July 17th, 2009
8:27 am

Tebow: why does it matter who didn’t vote for him? He’s not invincible, nor is he undefeatable (see Auburn & Ole Miss). Maybe he didn’t get the unanimous All-SEC pick for the same reason he didn’t win the Heisman Trophy again last year.

Bowden: I used to have respect for the Bowdens. Terry lost mine when he abandoned his team in mid-season because he learned he was going to get fired at the end of the season. 10 years later, Tommy does the same thing to his team. Nobody likes a quitter.

Donnan: congratulations to him. Personally, I never saw Hall of Fame material in his coaching, but I’ll leave that judgement to the people who actually have a say in the matter.

Tony, enjoy your time in South Bend. Maybe you can ask the Notre Dame faithful if they’d like to have Urban Meyer as their head coach…

Dink

July 17th, 2009
8:31 am

Congrats Tony, well deserved.

Aesop

July 17th, 2009
8:34 am

Tony,

I believe I read WR Gerald Jones is also out for the Vols, any word?

CharlotteGator

July 17th, 2009
8:36 am

Agree with KR, Tebow not getting a unanimous vote isn’t that big a deal. More media fodder than anything else. I hope the coach who did it is leaked though and that they’re on the schedule. That would be interesting.

The UT receiver injuries are definitely a blow to that team. Gerald Jones is a threat and Rogers actually surprised us last year. Maybe we’ll see Berry out there, but probably not. My money is on the freshman getting more time and that’s a toss-up. A freshman receiver is definitely an unknown. Having been the best player on the field most times in high school, how will he/they respond when they’re matched up with athletes just as good. Should be interesting.

I’m tired of talking about the Bowdens. They’re irrelevant at this point.

How much longer til’ the season? I’m getting anxious.

Ron Mexico

July 17th, 2009
8:39 am

That other vote went to Ryan Mallett, expect big things from him this year.

rocksteadyfreddie

July 17th, 2009
8:39 am

KR,
I don’t think the Texas media votes on the pre season all SEC team.

Mikey

July 17th, 2009
8:40 am

Congratulations Tony.
Well deserved.
You are my “must read” every day.

JoeFann

July 17th, 2009
8:42 am

Congratulations, Tony! Your column/blog is always worth my time and is the first one I look for after scanning the headlines. Ain’t no ball like college football!

Go Dawgs!

Long Dawg

July 17th, 2009
8:44 am

Regardless of how you feel about Florida or Urban Meyer, if you have one objective bone in our body Tim Tebow is not only the best quarterback in the SEC he is probably the best quarterback in the country. He is the whole package and may wind up being the only player in college football history that wins two Heisman trophys and 3 National Championships depending on how this year goes for Florida. I am a die hard Dawg fan but if you are mature enough to call it like it is Tebow is the best. I can’t wait till he graduates.

Stuart

July 17th, 2009
8:46 am

Oh God, Archer and Neal are back. I was hoping that when espn took over S.E.C. football that we would not have to hear these clowns. Lincoln Financial or Jefferson Pilot or whatever name they go by this week had the WORST announcers in college football. And Rathbun, while probably a good guy is a blithering idiot behind a mic.

Long Dawg

July 17th, 2009
8:46 am

Oh, sorry Tony, congradulations to you as well. I enjoy all you do.

Tony Barnhart

July 17th, 2009
8:51 am

Aesop,

Gerald Jones had wrist surgery on June 11. The word I get is that it is not healing as fast as the trainers would hope. It means he’ll be limited in camp but he is expected to be ready for the first game.

TB

tigerbait

July 17th, 2009
9:05 am

Congratulations Anthony

rocksteadyfreddie

July 17th, 2009
9:11 am

Tony,
read the column every day. You are tops when it comes to covering the SEC, and it really isn’t close.

Rational Citizen

July 17th, 2009
9:13 am

First, a big Congrats goes out to TB for the award. Now CBS needs to step up and put him in the booth with Verne!

While I usually use the anything-goes Friday editions to implore everyone reading this blog to consider the many benefits that the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana would bring to our economy, today I’d like to discuss the literal and figurative health of our nation.

While President Obama and Congress debate health care reform, every American has the opportunity to help save our nation from the financial crisis that looms as a result of spiraling health care costs. By making more responsible choices when it comes to diet and exercise, everyone can help drive down the cost of healthcare in America. We have become the most obese nation in the world. When did it become American to be fat and lazy? Roughly 70% of our healthcare costs are attributble to chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and almost all of them are linked to being overweight and not getting enough exercise. Please do your part by making more responsible choices when it comes to diet and exercise. Take the family for a walk as often as you can. Eat more fruits and vegetables.

We have a fiscal crisis looming, and it’s all because we as a nation have made poor choices for far too long. The easiest and least expensive way to reform healthcare in America would be for everyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Do your part and start dieting and exercising today.

TideRules

July 17th, 2009
9:14 am

Mark Richt hates Urban meyer with a passion after those 2 late timeouts. He likely voted against Tebow.

CharlotteGator

July 17th, 2009
9:15 am

Stuart,

I must say, I’m with you on that one. Those guys were approaching Madden level for me. Put the TV on mute and either turn on the radio or internet radio and hope the delay wasn’t too bad. Sadly all HD games had a 5-6 second delay so when they went that route, I was stuck with those guys.

Dawg'94

July 17th, 2009
9:22 am

Congrats to you & Coach Donnan. I am a Dawg & a Gator Hater, but Tebow is the best player in the country. The Ol’ Ball Coach voted for someone else just to be a @#*! I do think McCoy will win the Heisman though. And any bad news out of Tennessee is GOOD news to me. GO DAWGS!!

It is interesting to note that while Bowden...

July 17th, 2009
9:23 am

…and Clemson did not part amicably and he has since moved to PC, he did return there earlier this summer where his daughter got married in the new West End Zone structure (ar at least the reception was held there).

GatorFan96

July 17th, 2009
9:23 am

I am sure Lane Kiffin didn’t vote for Tebow

Sorry, Tony...

July 17th, 2009
9:25 am

…but there ain’t no way your name belongs anywhere close to that of Furman Bisher, and for you to even write that it is (even if true) is very objectionable.

Dawg Fud

July 17th, 2009
9:27 am

ditto on Long Dawg’s comments

Colorado Dawg

July 17th, 2009
9:30 am

Congratulatons Tony !!!! I notice the AJC has not mentioned this honor. I guess it below their standards. Do more work with CBS and Tim and Spencer. They appreciate your dedication and insights. I know Momma is proud as are your readers.

Long Dawg

July 17th, 2009
9:30 am

Furman Bisher has been irrelevant since Bobby Dodd retired.

DawginLex

July 17th, 2009
9:31 am

Congrats Tony. For those of us that love college football, you are a prize.

I can see snead getting a 1st place vote from someone like Miles who watched him smoke his team last year. No slam against Tebow just an observation.

Long Dawg

July 17th, 2009
9:32 am

Tony, how do the Dawgs match up with Oklahoma State?

Otto

July 17th, 2009
9:33 am

Plenty of coaches have reason not to votes for Tebow. CMR most likely thinks highly of a Christian like Tebow. Snead is a very capable QB as well.

Jeremy

July 17th, 2009
9:33 am

If Donnan is getting in largely for the Marshall work I think it is a travesty that Erk isn’t in.

SimpleDawg

July 17th, 2009
9:33 am

Congratulations Tony, it’s too bad that The College Football Hall of Fame is in South Bend….those Goldie Domers probably think they’re still revelent.

I guess someone, in good conscience, could’ve voted for Jevan Sneed ahead of Saint Tebow, but not for anyone else.

Did I hear that Stephen Garcia of the Warrior Chickens was voted to the 3rd team ? Unbelievable ! This is the guy Spurrier called “the dumbest quarterback I’ve ever coached”….and he coached Doug Johnson !

I’ll bet the Dawgs have more than 2 players on the All-SEC team at the end of the year…..maybe even 2 off of the offensive line.

Public speaking for Tommy Bowden ? Hopefully he’ll be more relaxed than he was during his press conferences at Clempson, where he sounded like a stammering buffoon. Head Coach again ? Not very likely. Good guy…good administrator….poor motivator…lousey coach.

Erk should be in the College Football Hall of Fame way before Jim Donnan.

DR

July 17th, 2009
9:33 am

I can’t wait to see Tebow get his clock cleaned in the nfl.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 17th, 2009
9:35 am

Congrats Tony!!!

While you’re up there, remember to take Joe Biden’s advice and spend lot’s of money so you/we don’t go bankrupt.

jconservative

July 17th, 2009
9:35 am

Congrats from me also. You have done a lot for college football.

Ohio State fan

July 17th, 2009
9:36 am

Mallett got the other vote? I hadn’t read that and, if true, shows an absolute idiot for a coach! If someone wants to vote for Sneed, okay, I get that (although strongly disagree). Mallett hasn’t taken a snap in the SEC and the Big 10, when he did play, was anything but special.

Hate Florida all you want but to deny that Tebow is at least in the conversation for greatest collegiate football player ever shows poorly you. And how can a guy who is in that conversation not be unanimous first team all SEC? My bet is that it was Lane Kiffin.

Chicken Foot

July 17th, 2009
9:39 am

I think Teabow similar to Dwyer will be complete failures at the NFL level. They are both “good pieces” in the college game. Flame away. Bring it and get you some.

Ohio State fan

July 17th, 2009
9:42 am

I have never understood why people worry so much about whether or not a college player makes it in the NFL. If Tebow fails in the NFL will that detract from the collegiate career that he authored? Not at all. Who cares whether he makes it in the NFL? This is a college football blog.

Akhmed Picklesimer

July 17th, 2009
9:44 am

You realize, of course, mentioning yo mama makes it awfully tempting to write bad things. But I won’t. Tebow is the best college football player since Bo Jackson, he has to be unanimous All-SEC.

jimmy

July 17th, 2009
9:44 am

Chicken Foot

July 17th, 2009
9:45 am

Let me switch gears to college football. Ohio State will never beat an SEC team. Ohio State fans are worthless.

PTC DAWG

July 17th, 2009
9:46 am

I would bet big money it wasn’t Richt that voted against Tebow. He was always on Cutler’s side even when UGA had some great QB’s playing. That said, WGAS?

Ramblin Rick

July 17th, 2009
9:50 am

Tim Tebow aint no Matt Stafford! or Quincy Carter, Jon England, Joe Terishinski etc etc

Tim Caveman

July 17th, 2009
9:53 am

Please just let me be myself.

Gatorzone

July 17th, 2009
9:54 am

After this year, Tebow will likely go down as the alltime best college football player ever. And someone did not put him as first ballot? THat is a joke.
I look for Bowden to show up as a coordinator at a Major school next year. Miami? With Tubberville? Seems like a good fit to me.
Good for Donnan, he did great things at Marshall and was not awful at UGA. Perhaps if he had been given a couple more years he could have won the SEC championship game.

Tony, Kudos! You do a great job!

gatorman770

July 17th, 2009
9:57 am

The vote for “lil Jimmy C” Obama was not unanimous either!

Congratulations to Coach Donnan, a great coach who beat my Gators fair and square without unsportsman like team dance stunts and also never whined or sucked-up to butthead alumni.

Congrats’ to you Tony, wish the national media was as truthful, fair and balanced as your reporting.

Erk has my vote (the NCAA rules committee must me involved)!

Gatorzone

July 17th, 2009
10:00 am

OSU fan, thanks my sentiments exactly.

Chicken foot, lighten up man, its Friday!

Clint

July 17th, 2009
10:01 am

Julio Jones being a unanimous selection over AJ Green makes no sense at all. These are basically the same coaches that gave AJ Green the freshman of the year over Julio Jones last year, right? I agree that both are really good, but c’mon AJ is the better player. Think of how many catches he would have had last year if he was the only target for Stafford to throw to like Julio was for JPW.

yellow fuzz

July 17th, 2009
10:03 am

Yellow fuzz’s top 10 (by the numbers)

1. TWO (backs rushed for over 100 yards)
2. FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHT (yards our high school offense rushed for vs. your 4-5 star recruit filled defense)
3. SIXTEEN (point deficit we over came at half time)
4. FORTY FIVE TO FORTY TWO (Final score of last year’s “Georgia Bowl”)
5. EIGHTY NINE THOUSAND (number of Georgia people that got real quiet in the 3rd and 4th quarters exactly like they did in Jacksonville weeks before)
6. ONE MILLION ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY THREE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND SEVENTY SEVEN (total number of leaves that our high school offense blew off of your hedges)
7. FORTY FIVE TO NINETEEN (likely score of this years game)
8. TWO HUNDRED AND ELEVEN (number of miles to the Music City Bowl)
9. FOUR (number of real live Georgia fans I have physically had to put in their rightful place)
10. SIXTY THREE (number of Georgia posters that are starting to get on my nerves here).
Bonus: ZERO (number of organized football games Bill King has ever played in his life)

Dark Helmet

July 17th, 2009
10:03 am

Javo, lord helmet.

EverGator

July 17th, 2009
10:05 am

Doesn’t really matter whether it was unanimous or not….Tim Tebow will prove himself (again) to be the best at QB when the end of the season and Heisman time rolls around…undefeated season and a new record for Tim= HE”15″MAN

Otto

July 17th, 2009
10:06 am

Yellow Fuss seeing as how you can count to 4 maybe you should be GT’s QB.