Spurrier: SC Staff Omitted Tebow from Ballot

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Steve Spurrier cleared up the biggest mystery at Southeastern Conference media days: How Tim Tebow got left off a preseason All-SEC ballot.

Spurrier said South Carolina's director of football operations filled out the ballot in his stead and voted for Mississippi's Jevan Snead.

The other coaches picked Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner two years ago.

Spurrier said he was embarrassed about it and has already apologized to Tebow. He said the SEC has let him amend the ballot to add Tebow.

The former Florida coach called Tebow the best football player in the country. He said Tebow and ex-Gator Danny Wuerffel might go down as the two best quarterbacks in college football history.

Spurrier said he has never filled out a preseason All-SEC ballot himself.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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