HOOVER, Ala. — There is only one day left at Southeastern Conference Media Days, and so far no one has owned up to being the coach who declined to vote for Florida's Tim Tebow as the league's first-team quarterback.
Georgia Coach Mark Richt said he cast his vote for Tebow, and Mississippi's Houston Nutt, the coach of the consensus second-team quarterback (Jevan Snead), cleared his name before he even took questions from the media.
"I just want to go ahead and tell you that I voted for Tim Tebow," he said. "I voted him first team. I think Langston Rogers, my (sports information director) will verify that."
Alabama Coach Nick Saban said he also voted for Tebow but felt the fuss surrounding the one vote was a bit much.
"I think everybody should have the right to vote for whoever they want, and I don't think they should be criticized for that," Saban said. "It's what a lot of people have fought for in this country for a long time. So I don't understand why anybody would even be interested. But I guess it's somebody trying to create news."
Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, didn't seem like a guy who'd lose any sleep worrying about the mystery voter.
"I really don't think it's something I'll think about too much," he said. "I have enough to be motivated about. I'm pretty self-motivated; I'm not going to run sprints thinking about a coach that didn't vote for me."
That leaves four coaches, all slated to address the media on Friday: Auburn's Gene Chizik, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, LSU's Les Miles, and Tennessee's Lane Kiffin.
Remembering the Bluegrass Miracle
Alabama Coach Nick Saban was asked to take a trip down memory lane back to his days as LSU coach and the "Bluegrass Miracle," the 74-yard touchdown pass at the horn that gave the Tigers a win over Kentucky in improbable fashion in 2002.
What Saban remembers most from that game was not the final play, but the aftermath. While the victory guaranteed Saban and LSU a lifetime place in the college football highlight reel vault (It won the "Best Play" award at the 2003 ESPYs), it might have proved costly in the long run. LSU was blanked at home by Alabama 31-0 the following week and lost three of its final four games to close the season.
"I've always been told by mentors that the worst thing your team can do is play poorly and win," he said. "And we played poorly that day and won. And we got our rear ends kicked in the worst defeat in all the time I was at LSU the next week because of that. That's what I remember the most. You didn't expect that answer, did you?"
Richt on Petrino, U of L
For the first time in several years, Georgia will travel to Fayetteville to play Arkansas on Sept. 19.
Georgia Coach Mark Richt was asked about Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino, who's in his second year after leaving Louisville and a short stint with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. Richt offered opinions regarding both Petrino and the Louisville job.
"What he did at Louisville was really phenomenal," Richt said. "Since he's been gone, they've struggled mightily. It's probably not a coincidence that it had to do with him arriving and leaving."
Both Alabama Coach Nick Saban and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow drew a horde of fans and autograph seekers in the lobby of the Wynfrey Hotel. Saban has never come off as warm and fuzzy, but he seems to understand the celebrity status that comes with being the head coach at Alabama.
"My daddy always said that you've only got a problem if no one's asking for your autograph," Saban said. "So if there's not a stir downstairs (in the lobby), I've got a problem."