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Berry Tramel: Steve Spurrier has no backbone; coaches’ poll no credibility

by Berry Tramel Published: July 25, 2009
Steve Spurrier fell on his sword Friday.

Because of inattention or apathy or ignorance or maybe because he thought it was the thing to do, Spurrier voted Ole Miss’ Jevan Snead, not Florida’s Tim Tebow, as the preseason All-SEC quarterback.

A capital crime south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

So Spurrier retreated like Lee at Gettysburg, throwing his director of football operations under the Winnebago, saying Charles Bloom filled out the ballot and Spurrier gave it merely a glance.

Typical football coach. Not even Spurrier, as plain-spoken of a coach as we’ve got in the sport, has the courage of his convictions. Either wussed out and found a scapegoat or didn’t care enough in the first place what was attributed to his name.

Frankly, who cares who is the preseason All-SEC quarterback?

But there is a vote that does count: the coaches poll, which provides one-third of the components to determine the national-title game participants.

And the cowardly coaches have again voted to make their ballots secret.

Enough of this nonsense. Time to tell college football coaches their voices have lost all credibility. Time to tell college football coaches no one cares what they think. Time to toss the coaches poll into the Caspian Sea.

The brash, brazen Spurrier’s backbone turned to jelly when his deed was uncovered. Which was needless.

Sure, Tebow is the obvious choice. He’s a great quarterback. An epic quarterback. A national-title winning, Heisman-winning, hearts all over Dixie-winning quarterback.

But if you want to vote Snead all-conference, what’s the harm? If you or your lieutenant thinks Snead is an absolute load and is going to have a breakout year, that’s interesting. That’s why leagues have these kind of teams, to get people thinking college football.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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