HOOVER, Ala. -- Steve Spurrier came this close to having his retired number taken down at The Swamp and dumped in a swamp.
We now know that the South Carolina coach was the lone SEC coach who didn't vote for Tim Tebow on the coaches' preseason All-SEC team. Now it becomes a case of damage control. Spurrier was allowed to change his vote to Tebow, diminishing, but not ending, a growing controversy.
Votergate has become a three-day story here at the SEC media days. Tebow was not among the three unanimous choices on the team. Ever since then, every coach on the podium has been asked about his quarterback vote. With three coaches left -- Spurrier, Lane Kiffin and Les Miles -- the news has brokenthat the South Carolina coach's ballot did not include Tebow.
Spurrier said Friday morning he OK'd a ballot filled by a football operations aide without looking at the names. Ole Miss' Jevan Snead was listed on Spurrier's ballot.
"Some coach made a careless mistake," Spurrier said. "A coach brought it into me and I signed off on it ... It's my fault. It's my responsibility. I apologized to Tim Tebow."
"Tim Tebow is the best quarterback in this league."
The vote is now unanimous. (Coaches couldn't vote for their own guys.) We'll see if Gator Nation accepts the apology and lets the controversy die.