Oversight? If it’s anybody but Spurrier, I believe him

Not saying this man's a liar. I'm just saying he likes to goof around.

Not saying this man's a liar. Just saying that he likes to goof around. (AP photo)

Anybody else think Steve Spurrier was funnier when he had a good football team?

Spurrier threw himself on the mercy of the SEC media Friday — and how low must you go to do that? — saying he was the coach who did not vote for Florida quarterback Tim Tebow as a first-teamer on the pre-season all-SEC team. Spurrier’s vote came as a surprise, given that Tebow has won a Heisman Trophy (he should’ve won two), played on two national championship teams and leads many to believe that he’s the best college football player in history, including Georgia coach Mark Richt. (See quote below.) Also, Spurrier has one or two ties to the Gators.

Well, now Spurrier says it was all a mistake. He said one of his staff members at South Carolina actually filled out the ballot for the All-SEC team. That’s not only believable, it’s highly probable. Coaches seldom do this sort of thing themselves. It’s often a low-level assistant or somebody in the school’s sports information office. (And while we’re on the subject: The head coaches that “vote” in the polls that REALLY matter seldom do that themselves, either. They have more important things on their mind, like winning games and personal survival.)

But here’s the question: What are the odds that Spurrier actually did what he said — that he saw the ballot and signed off on it without actually noticing Mississippi’s Jevan Snead was listed as the SEC’s No. 1 QB? How do you not notice Tim Tebow is missing from the All-SEC team?

If it’s almost any other coach, I’m probably inclined to believe him. But this is Spurrier. He’s not evil. He’s harmless. He’s an entertainer. The man lives to tweak. He lives to goof around and get under an opponent’s skin — and by the way, I have no problem with that.

So let me lay out this scenario: Spurrier’s assistant filled out the ballot, Spurrier saw it, laughed and said, “Ah, what the heck. Let’s have some fun with this.”

Hey, just throwing it out there. (Let me add this, too: This who didn’t-vote-for-Tebow drama has played out for two weeks.)

I know Spurrier has nothing against Tebow — he has praised him as much as everybody else has. But his ego has to have taken a few shots in recent years, given what Urban Meyer has done with the Florida program that Spurrier turned around and Ron Zook let deteriorate. Spurrier is no less of a deity in Gainesville than he was before Meyer arrived. But now he’s sharing the stage. Can we really put this past him? It created a story. Spurrier lives for stories. What else is he going to do? Tell everybody how great South Carolina is going to be? Nobody would believe that.

Back to Richt: How high is his admiration for Tebow? Here’s a quote I have leftover from Thursday: “He might be the greatest player-slash-leader ever in college football. When you take his ability, his production, his leadership, his ability to get everybody to rally around him, I don’t know if there’s many like that.”

OK. Your turn. Any thoughts on Spurrier’s apology?

109 comments Add your comment

DB

July 24th, 2009
12:23 pm

Huh?

July 24th, 2009
12:24 pm

No Jeff, no thoughts at all. This might be the biggest overblown non-story I have seen in a long long time. So Tebow did not get a lousy stinkin’ SEC vote. Life will go on. Tebow will be fine. He probably couldn’t give a crap anyway. Good lord. LET IT GO.

phoenix falcon

July 24th, 2009
12:27 pm

Jeff, come on, is this really a news story?
besides, don’t you remember a certain young man that played running back at uga, Named Walker, ( imho ) , is the best college football player ever, at any position, and he should have won 3 Heisman Trophy’s.

oh yeah, by the way
1st!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phoenix falcon

July 24th, 2009
12:27 pm

Jeff Schultz

July 24th, 2009
12:36 pm

Huh, Phoenix Falcon — I agree the pre-season All-SEC team is an overblown story. Even Tebow laughed at it Thursday in one of the news conferences. But when one coach doesn’t vote for such an obvious pick, it is a story — especially in SEC country.

Jeff Schultz

July 24th, 2009
12:36 pm

By the way: 5th!

Larry

July 24th, 2009
12:44 pm

Jeff,

I believe you’re a liberal goober (a Martha Burke defender has to be!), but I do sympathize with you having to follow your new AJC marching orders of quantity over quality. This explains this utter, unabashed, non news story!

Evil Richt 2009 S.E.C. World Tour: "Banned in Columbus"

July 24th, 2009
12:47 pm

Blaming a staff member and having to grovel to Tebow and the Gator faithful is embarassing for someone who used to be on top of the college football world.

Spurrier needs to quit at SC before that place breaks his spirit, as it has every other man who has tried to coach there.

Gen Neyland

July 24th, 2009
12:51 pm

I called it..! Now then, all those that were sure it was Kiffin, Crow ala-mode for you..! Eat up…

Evil Richt 2009 S.E.C. World Tour: "Banned in Columbus"

July 24th, 2009
12:52 pm

On a brighter note: We still have Kiffin coming up!

Tech82

July 24th, 2009
12:54 pm

What I loved was Spurrier’s statement that he “didn’t sleep worth a dang last night” after discovering that his was the vote in question. Are we really supposed to believe that he has been unaware of this for the past week? No way.

TampaGator

July 24th, 2009
12:56 pm

Jeff, I don’t think you would believe any SEC coach unless that coach was Mark Richt. Seriously, if Mark Richt had been the one who failed to vote for Tebow, you would have written a lengthy article defending him and how signing off on a card of relative or total unimportance was normal and that Richt had far better things to do. Well, I believe Spurrier did the same and you want to make a stupid story about it. Don’t you have anything else better to write about. Who cares about preseason rankings of players anyway? Go write a relevant story about the upcoming football season like your AJC mate Bradley is doing this morning. My, my, what we won’t do with time on our hands.

athensdawg

July 24th, 2009
12:57 pm

this one is easy. tebow is tarnishing spurrier’s legacy as the greatest florida quarterback ever.

and for those gators who want to scream “what about danny wuerffel” – not so fast my friend.
spurrier was also the kicker for the gators in his day……..

wasn’t an oversight. it was ego. and an attempt to get in tebow’s head. some things never change.

if you look closely at the picture, you can see lane kiffin standing behind the curtain taking notes.

W.C. Fields

July 24th, 2009
12:59 pm

Jeff,

“That’s not only believable, it’s highly probable.”

I’ll sell you the Brooklyn Bridge…

misterwax

July 24th, 2009
1:00 pm

3 Heisman Trophy’s????? an educated man would know to write…..”Trophies”

Peadawg

July 24th, 2009
1:02 pm

“But when one coach doesn’t vote for such an obvious pick, it is a story”

Um, wrong again Jeff! Who cares about pre-season bs, seriously. Y’all must not have anything else to do right now I guess. Go find some real news you hack.

Jeff Schultz

July 24th, 2009
1:02 pm

Tampa Gator — not true. But the more I think about it, I also wouldn’t believe Bobby Petrino in this case, just because I don’t believe Bobby Petrino, regardless of the subject.

GoldenDawg 84

July 24th, 2009
1:03 pm

WOW-so we’ve outed the person who DARED to not vote Tim Tebow first team all-SEC. Thank god for the truth comission! What an egregious sin to actually have an opinion that might differ from the pack. The conventional wisdom apparently is that picking Snead over Tebow is some kind of hate crime. WTF???

Herschel Talker

July 24th, 2009
1:03 pm

Schultzie – it’s also a story when the guy who left him off the ballot is doing whatever he can to make people remember what he did at UF, which is quickly getting further and further away…

Herschel Talker

July 24th, 2009
1:04 pm

Schultzie – great comment on Petrino. He is a lowlife.

Bill

July 24th, 2009
1:05 pm

Spurrier is a snake. He showed his true colors. He does not like being upstaged by Meyer or Teebow. Now, who is the greatest quarterback in Florida history. Who is the greatest coach. Not Spurrier. I knew it was him as soon as I heard one coach did not vote for Teebow. Spurrier has problem. Head problems. It is good to see him squirm. Well deserved.

UGA sucks donkey balls

July 24th, 2009
1:05 pm

Is this even a story? Nope. No one outside of south Georgia trailer parks cares about this “story.” Florida WILL win another national title. UGAY will talk about 1980 and Bama fans will have Bear Bryant seances all over the state of Alabama.

UGA sucks donkey balls

July 24th, 2009
1:06 pm

The ONLY SEC couch who isn’t a scum bag is Mark Richt. He’s the only classy coach in the SEC.

UGA sucks donkey balls

July 24th, 2009
1:10 pm

Peadawg is a classic example of failing public school systems all over the south. Shame.

aztec

July 24th, 2009
1:10 pm

i thought this was a free country and people can vote for who ever they want and not have too explain their vote to anyone??? besides look at all the STUPID SPORTSWRITERS who did not vote for MAYS, ARRON, MANTLE, WILLIAMS and on and on..

Peadawg

July 24th, 2009
1:12 pm

UGA sucks donkey ball, why you go back to Gainesville and put on some blue jean shorts and wear a mullet. Better yet, what pizza place do you work at? I’m hungry and need a large pepperoni pizza delivered. Thanks.

interesting

July 24th, 2009
1:12 pm

You imply Spurrier is dishonest and worries about what others think of what he says….Guess you haven’t followed this Spurrier guy at all in his career huh?

UGA sucks donkey balls

July 24th, 2009
1:15 pm

Peadawg, for someone who can’t put a coherent sentence together, you sure do talk a lot of trash about pizza delivery. I’m sure you are hungry. Most 300 lb whales, such as yourself, do nothing but eat and run up the cost of health care.

UGA sucks donkey balls

July 24th, 2009
1:16 pm

Peadawg makes the Geico cavemen look like Einstein.

Peadawg writes: why you go back to Gainesville…..?????????????

Why don’t you go back and take remedial English. Dumb a$$.

Jeff Schultz

July 24th, 2009
1:16 pm

Herschel — good point .. and thanks.

Aztec: Spurrier doesn’t vote for Tebow. Some presumably racist Hal voters don’t vote for Mays and Aaron 25, 30 years ago. Great analogy. Oy.

Interesting — if you don’t think Steve has done and/or said things in his career for effect, then you’re the one who hasn’t followed his career.

GatorGuy

July 24th, 2009
1:18 pm

athensdawg – Spurrier was not a kicker in his day. He kicked one field goal vs Auburn. Wuerffel was the best (until now).

JB

July 24th, 2009
1:22 pm

I’ll never forgive or forget Spurrier in Athens the year they played there running up the score and laughing about it. Florida was far better that day and had more than proved their point
( i don’t buy the theory that it was the 3rd string and Georgia had quit). It just showed a lot abou t that guy that day. His shine is dimming at Carolina……..They better hope he hangs it up this year. His heart ain’t in it….Carolina, look for Charlie Strong to be your next head coach, and As Dawg fan , I hate to see that……

45-42, bleah

July 24th, 2009
1:23 pm

Hey General Neyland, pass the crow this way. Can I get a wing and a thigh? I thought it was Kiffen also.

Dang.

chazzo

July 24th, 2009
1:25 pm

I think tebow is great. I think Spurrier is a jackass. I want to hate them both. It is part of what makes football enjoyable. I deeply regret that Spurrier apologized. If you’re going to be a jackass; don’t be a placating jackass. Now, this story has gone too far and is distracting me from real news like MJ’s doctor or Mike and Kates new lovers.

JB

July 24th, 2009
1:32 pm

by the way, the reason I hate to see Charlie Strong come to Carolina ? I don’t know what kind of coach he will be, but after 3 years, he’ll have 30-35 or so Florida high school athletes recruited and in Columbia. Their talent will take a big up tick……………

KIM

July 24th, 2009
1:33 pm

Still love Spurrier. And he’s damn right Tebow should have 2 Heisman’s already. Chump coaches who didn’t vote ethically – only filled out the 1st place spot (where Tebow had the most votes) and left the rest blank. CHUMPS!!!! and Jealou

Sorry, GatorGuy...

July 24th, 2009
1:35 pm

…but unless you are as old as, or older than, I (I was in the 4th – 7th grades, living in Tallahassee when Spurrier played at UF and won the Heismann), then you have no idea of what you speak if you think Wuerffel was the best ever UF QB until Tebow.

Gen Neyland

July 24th, 2009
1:39 pm

45-42, bleah : You are forgiven…

gatorman770

July 24th, 2009
1:45 pm

JB how come it’s running up the score and bad sportsmanship when the Gators score 50 plus on the curdawgs (and OMG,laughed afterwards),but it was evidently the picture of perfect sportsmanship when the the curdawgs ran up the 75 to nothing score in the 40’s or 50’s (and of course you insinuate that no dawg fan laughed about it afterwards)?????

shane#1

July 24th, 2009
2:05 pm

How much did the Evil Genius pay the reporter to ask Tebow if he was a virgin? Virgin football studs, prima donna coaches, bonehead plays that win NCs for Miles, blacked out jets landing in the middle of the night, backbiting and backstabbing, God, I love the SEC! The SEC knows drama! It’s no wonder ESPN is forking over billions for this soap opera.

[...] The Journal-Constitution’s Jeff Schultz doesn’t believe it was as simple as an oversight, but hey, let’s give the Ol’ Ball Coach the benefit of the doubt. Or we could stop pretending the preseason All-SEC team matters in any way shape or form, and instead go back to discussing the truly important matters at hand: questioning Tim Tebow’s virginity with nothing more than photos on the Internet. It’d be funny if I didn’t want to blow my brains out! [...]

JB

July 24th, 2009
2:34 pm

Gatorman……born in 53…..no tv in house till 64……Can;t answer that……..But I was at that game…that I can answer………

Archie

July 24th, 2009
2:35 pm

This is the same complaint I had of Thom Brennaman after the BCS Championship game when he was offended that Colt McCoy or Sam Bradford or Graham Harrell could not possibly be as good a player as Tebow. What makes it so deplorable for someone to think another QB is as good or better than Tim Tebow? Even is Spurrier did vote Jevan Sneed over Tebow, why does he need to apologize for that? Beyond that, why does everyone else seem to think it’s their responsibility to get offended for Tebow. He wasn’t wronged in any way, so another person got ONE STINKIN VOTE…. big deal, it’s not exactly a war crime against humanity. Spurrier ain’t exactly guilty of genocide just because he voted for Sneed.

JB

July 24th, 2009
2:39 pm

AS I said i wouldn’t forgive or forget, not that it was wrong…..a lot of fine historical SEC coach’s would not have done that……..Spurrier hates Georgia from his playing day’s when Dooley, and especially DE Bill Stanfill made his life miserable…. I’m sure Bill made a few comments to ole Steve while he was crushed under him in one of 6-7 sacks that day that he never forgot. He got his revenge….

wxwax

July 24th, 2009
2:48 pm

Dunno why it’s OK for Spurrier to tease and twit, but not Kiffin.

Tony in Johns Creek

July 24th, 2009
2:49 pm

There’s nothing here. It’s not really a story.
Just an oversight. Spurrier doesn’t have an ax to grind. He’s been there done that. 6 sec championships and a natl championship. He just thinks these things are silly and got caught. He doesn’t get caught up in who’s best, voting, etc… hell, he votes Duke in the top 25 every year in response to their being responsible for jumpstarting his HC career. That’s how serious he takes these things… we’re just passin the time ’til ball starts aren’t we?

JB

July 24th, 2009
2:55 pm

wxwax……..spurrier has done it and has the hardware…..Kiffin gives a good speech……

Dorsey Hill

July 24th, 2009
2:57 pm

Now Florida knows what we already knew. Spurrier is a prick. Despite all the Gator’s defense of this jerk, you now know we were right all along.

Think about this, if some staff guy did this, that staff guy would have had to do have doen two two things:

1) Actually think that someone was more deserving than Tebow,
2) Think that Spurrier wouldn’t mind his name being connected to that ballot.

Even if 1 were true (unlikely) don’t you think at least he warns Spurrier? Would you take the chance of making the coach look stupid? No way.

He did it on purpose but knows that he has to protect his team against the onslaught in November. No way this wasn’t intentional.

He is a lying scumbag. He has been a scumbag for years, but now we can add the “lying” too.

SavannahDawg

July 24th, 2009
2:58 pm

JB, you are correct! Bill Stanfill did have quite a bit to say to Spurrier after sacking him. “Sorry I stepped on your dress there Stevie”!

W.C. Fields

July 24th, 2009
3:08 pm

Dorsey Hill,

Don’t sugar coat it, tell us how you really feel.