HOOVER, Ala. — For the past several days there has been much speculation around the league as to who the SEC coach might be that did not vote for Tebow on the coaches’ preseason all-conference team.
Some have said it was Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, but he denied it at a press conference Monday in Knoxville. Not only did he confirm he voted for Tebow, he then heaped praise on the Florida quarterback. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier also said earlier this week that he had Tebow on his first-team ballot.
On the first day of SEC Media Days on Wednesday, the four coaches present were all asked who they voted for at quarterback. Bobby Petrino, Bobby Johnson, Dan Mullen and Rich Brooks all confirmed they voted for Tebow.
Here’s what the coaches had to say when they were asked to disclose who they voted for:
Petrino: “I’m not crazy. I probably did (vote for him), yeah.”
Johnson: “Tim Tebow. I don’t know if you all are going to find the culprit who didn’t vote (for Tebow). You could tell him it wasn’t me.”
Mullen: “Believe it or not, I voted for Tim Tebow. I have a lot of respect for him.”
Brooks: “You guys are going to try and narrow it down, aren’t you? How could I not for for Tim Tebow? We couldn’t stop him the past two years. I’m not the guy (who didn’t vote for Tebow). Good luck in your search. He could be the greatest player to ever play college football.”
The other coaches will have their chance to answer the Tebow question over the next two days, so maybe the mystery will be solved before we leave Alabama on Friday.