Steve Spurrier has more regrets about his All-Southeastern Conference ballot: That he took his omission of Florida's Tim Tebow from the first team so seriously and that he involved one of his most trusted staffers.
The South Carolina coach said Thursday he made way too big a deal of not voting for the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the SEC's annual media gathering. Spurrier also made it clear he took responsibility for the incident and that his director of football operations, Jamie Speronis, was not to blame.
"We got into too much detail," Spurrier said after his annual summer golf outing. "We should not have gotten Jamie Speronis involved at all because he does a heck of a job as director of football operations. He's an important, key guy."
Spurrier's admission was perhaps the denouement to the biggest whodunit at the SEC gathering in Hoover, Ala. The media had asked each league coach if they were the one who failed to place Tebow on the preseason first team.
Finally, Spurrier admitted the oversight, offering how sick he was when he realized he hadn't put his fellow Gator Heisman Trophy winner as his No. 1 choice. Spurrier then detailed what happened, including why Speronis had gone with Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead instead of Tebow.
Spurrier called Tebow to apologize and had the SEC redo his ballot to include the Florida star as his choice.
Grothe, Tebow are Unitas candidates
University of South Florida senior Matt Grothe, Florida senior quarterback Tim Tebow and Florida Atlantic senior Rusty Smith have been named candidates for the 2009 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.
The winner of the 2008 award was Texas Tech's Graham Harrell, while Boston College's Matt Ryan won the award in 2007.
Charge vs. FSU's Goodman dropped
TALLAHASSEE - A prosecutor has dropped a felony charge against a Florida State football player who was accused of hurling a chair at a woman during a brawl in the school's student union.
Wide receiver Richard Goodman had been charged with aggravated battery. He was charged six months after the fight when another fight participant accused him of throwing the chair and seriously injuring a female student.
Assistant State Attorney Jon Fuchs filed a court document Thursday saying witnesses named at least four other people as the chair-thrower. Fuchs says no one identified Goodman.
Goodman was among five players suspended for a game last season for the on-campus fight with members of a fraternity.
Goodman was suspended from the team after his May arrest until the charge was resolved.