The mystery of the SEC coach who didn’t vote for Tim Tebow on the preseason All-Conference team has been solved–it was South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, who attributes it to an error or oversight on his part.
But all the hullabaloo over why only 11 out of 12 coaches voted for Tebow is completely misplaced. After all, who was the other vote for? Jevan Snead of Ole Miss.
It is completely defensible to think that when all is said and done, Snead is going to be the All-SEC quarterback this year. After all, if he leads Ole Miss to the SEC West title and then the overall SEC title and has a big year statistically in the process, then a lot more than one SEC coach is going to consider him for all-league honors. When you consider that Ole Miss is ranked in the top 10 in the preseason, it’s not pushing reality to think that the Rebels could win the SEC. And, after all, Snead did beat Tebow head-to-head last year. It’s not like the other vote was for Stephen Garcia or Jon Crompton. It was for a guy who has a chance to be a first-round pick in the next NFL draft.
But this all goes to a deeper issue, which is the propensity of the media to engage in, and act as enforcers of, group think. We see it all the time, especially in regards to media coverage of the SEC, but it is starting to reach obnoxious proportions when it comes to Tebow.
Has any media member out there actually pointed out that a vote for Snead won’t result in banishment to hell?