Take their votes away


HOOVER, Ala. — Steve Spurrier caught all kinds of flak from the media last year at SEC Media Days when he admitted he voted for Jevan Snead instead of Tim Tebow on his preseason All-SEC ballot.

Maybe now it’s time for Spurrier and the other coaches to rip the media for some truly ridiculous votes on the media’s preseason SEC picks.

What were these voters smoking when they made these picks:

  • One voter picked Vanderbilt to win the Eastern Division. This is a team that was 0-8 in the SEC a year ago. I think it’s pretty safe to say Vanderbilt probably will never win the division, maybe even never seriously contend.
  • Three voters picked Mississippi to win the Western Division. This would have been perfectly acceptable a year ago because many were thinking the Rebels would be one of the elite teams in the league. The Rebels fumbled those high expectations and now they’re rebuilding, so to pick Ole Miss to win the division is absurd.
  • Two voters picked Ole Miss to win the SEC. Not Alabama. Not Florida. Not even, say, South Carolina. But Ole Miss. Yikes.
  • One voter picked Kentucky to win the SEC. That’s an even bigger reach than picking Ole Miss.

What it all adds up to is this: Spurrier deserves an apology from any and all of those in the media who criticized him a year ago for voting Snead over Tebow.


  1. Robbie, Robbie, Robbie! In your coverage of the Gator D-line, I think you got Brandon Antwine confused with Lawrence Marsh, who actually has started a bunch of games in the past, is coming back from injury and off-season hip surgery. Right? Antwine’s inspirational, but Marsh may reclaim his starting spot. Careful, or someone will take your vote away! (By the way, I genuinely appreciate your great reporting, have for years and hoe you keep it up for a long time.)