South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has some SEC company when it comes to not filling out his own ballot for the preseason all-conference team.
Georgia coach Mark Richt admitted Monday night to doing the same thing during the annual Greater Atlanta Bulldog Club meeting, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Spurrier cleared up the biggest mystery swirling around the Southeastern Conference last week when he said it was South Carolina that left Tim Tebow off the preseason all-SEC ballot. The Gamecocks coach said Friday at the SEC's media days that director of football operations Jamie Speronis filled out the ballot and voted for Mississippi's Jevan Snead.
Spurrier said he has never filled out a preseason All-SEC ballot himself and has already apologized to Tebow. He said the SEC has let him amend the ballot to add Tebow.
“I’ve been doing the preseason ballots for 17 years, and I’ve never filled one out,” Spurrier said Friday at SEC Media Days. “I usually look at it. It was my fault. It was my fault all the way. ... I don’t know why we vote.”
Richt on Monday said his ballot was cast by Georgia sports information director Claude Felton, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Richt said he did look over the ballot after it was filled it out.
Spurrier reiterated Friday his long-held belief that Tebow is the best player in college football. He also linked Tebow with fellow Florida Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel as two of the greatest quarterbacks in college football history.