HOOVER, Ala. -- By Friday we should know if at least one SEC coach is either busted or lying.
Through two days of the conference's media days, eight of the 12 coaches (minus Urban Meyer) said they voted for Tim Tebow as the preseason all-conference quarterback. One problem. Only three players on the team were unanimous selections and Tebow wasn't one of them.
That's somewhat of a surprise, one would think, given that Heisman Trophy and two national championships. All the league office will say is that Tebow wasn't unanimous. That's not counting Meyer who couldn't vote for his own guy.
With four coaches to go on Friday, the process of elimination will continue. On deck are Lane Kiffin, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier and Gene Chizik. So far no one has fessed up. If the trend continues we'll know that at least one coach is not telling the truth. Maybe that's better than enduring the scorn for leaving Superman off the ballot.
"Before I open it up for questions," said Ole Miss' Houston Nutt , "I just want to go ahead and tell you that I voted for Tim Tebow."
In the tightly wound SEC this is becoming big news here this week. One by one the coaches have stood up at a podium in front of 1,000 credentialed media and professed their undying love for Tebow.
"You guys are going to try to narrow it down to get somebody to spill their guts," Kentucky's Rich Brooks said. "How could I not vote for Tim Tebow? We couldn't stop him the last few years ... It isn't me. I'm not the guy. Good luck on your search."
"I don't know if ya'll are going to find the culprit who didn't vote. You could tell him it wasn't me." Vandy's Bobby Johnson said.
Nutt is a fan. The Ole Miss victory at Gainesville last season, prompted Tebow to make "The Promise." The words are inscribed on the side of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Nutt has read them to <em>his</em> team for inspiration.
"I still have the script on my desk," Nutt said.
The Florida entourage was flying here Thursday when Meyer saw an item in a paper about the "snub" and nudged his quarterback.
"Will it give me a little bit (of motivation)," Tebow said. "Yeah I guess but I have enough that gives me motivation right now. It's really not a big deal to me. It's kind of funny because it's this big a deal. How it's happening is pretty funny."