HOOVER, Ala. – Steve Spurrier was the one who did not vote for Tim Tebow in balloting by SEC coaches for preseason All-SEC honors Then again, as he put it: “In actuality, I didn’t do much voting at all.”
The South Carolina coach said Friday, the final day of the conference's annual football media days, that a member of his staff filled out the ballot on his behalf but that he signed off on it before it was submitted. That ballot named Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead as the all-conference quarterback.
“It’s my fault, I take full responsibility, I messed that up,” Spurrier said. “We screwed that up pretty bad, and I’m embarrassed about that.”
He said he spoke with a conference official Friday morning and asked if his vote could be changed. That request was granted, and Tebow’s status was amended to a unanimous, preseason all-conference selection.
“I tried to correct it the best I can,” Spurrier said. “I still feel very badly about what happened there.
“I didn’t sleep worth a dang (Thursday) night.”
Spurrier, in his 17th season as an SEC head coach, said he never has filled out one of those ballots. Instead, he typically has “glanced” at them, as he did in this case.
“Not only is Tim Tebow the best quarterback in the SEC, he’s the best in the country,” Spurrier said. “I think he’s the best football player in the country. I admire him and respect him.”
Miles sees Chavis as a good fit for LSU staff
LSU coach Les Miles said former University of Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis has been a welcome addition to the Tigers’ staff.
“His experience in this league, his comfort with a dominating defense was met with comfort by the men on our campus where we have had dominant defenses,” Miles said. “… The start on campus this spring went very well.”
Chavis spent the past 14 years as UT’s defensive coordinator. During that time, the Volunteers’ defense finished ranked among the conference’s top four 10 times.
UT was third in the SEC in scoring defense in 2008, six spots higher than LSU.
“I think the effort and the technique behind the play will be improved,” Miles said.
New Auburn coach focuses on memory of Tigers' winning ways
Gene Chizik wants to pick up where he left off at Auburn.
The 46 year-old was not around the last four seasons when the Tigers averaged four losses per season. He was not witness to last fall’s 5-7 debacle.
No, the last time Chizik was a part of Auburn football was the three years he spent as defensive coordinator. The last of those was 2004, the season Auburn went 13-0 but was shut out of the BCS championship game.
“I was blessed to be a part of an undefeated football season, and that’s the last memory I have,” Chizik said. “It’s a great memory, and we’d like to try and get it back to that point.”
He sees his recollections of that season as valuable teaching tools as he attempts to create a brighter future for the Tigers.
“We don’t talk about it over and over and over and force feed them,” Chizik said. “They know it was one of the greatest seasons in Auburn history. We’re striving to get back to that point.”