Some observers think Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is the greatest college football player of all time, and if he wins a second Heisman Trophy and leads the Gators to another national title, it will be hard to argue otherwise.
But one Southeastern Conference coach apparently doesn’t think Tebow is even the SEC’s best, leaving the quarterback off his all-conference ballot.
The ballots are handled in secret, so the coach’s identity might never be known. Tennessee’s Lane Kiffin, who even before his first season has ticked off about half of the league’s coaches, is the natural guess.
The motivation for Kiffin would be to continue to needle Florida coach Urban Meyer, who must spend late nights drawing up ways for his Gators to run up the score when they meet the Volunteers on Sept. 19.
At SEC media days next week, reporters will do their best to find out which coach cast such a ballot.
“Odds that someone other than Kiffin admits making that decision? Zero percent,” Fanhouse.com’s Clay Travis wrote. “It’s one of many reasons these ballots should be public.
“Otherwise, I refuse to believe that any SEC coach could have seen Tebow play over the past three years and not thought, ‘I would sacrifice my first three children for a chance to coach a team with him at quarterback.’ “
• NOWHERE BUT UP — The Mountain West Conference’s media days are Tuesday and Wednesday at Green Valley Ranch, and UNLV most likely will end a three-year run of being voted to finish last.
The Rebels went 5-7 last season, their best finish since going 6-6 in 2003. Preseason magazines have the Rebels between fourth and sixth.
Wide receiver Ryan Wolfe and linebacker Jason Beauchamp figure to represent UNLV on the all-conference team, though an offensive lineman also could get a nod.
Otherwise, expect the usual suspects of Brigham Young, Texas Christian and Utah to dominate the all-league team.
• NOT SAFE AT HOME — In publishing its All-Star Game special section last week, The Riverfront Times — a St. Louis weekly newspaper — listed addresses of current and former Cardinals.
Players, especially star Albert Pujols, were incensed. The Cardinals revoked the paper’s credentials for the rest of the season and asked Major League Baseball to take away its press passes for the All-Star Game.
The Times’ Tom Finkel published an “apology,” but it was far from one. If he doesn’t like having his credential taken away, perhaps Finkel would prefer Pujols and a couple of his Cardinals teammates get Finkel’s address and follow him home.
• MAYBE SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE KIDS? — If you picked today to begin a weeklong vacation, good timing.
With Tiger Woods not playing this weekend, there’s little reason to lose sleep waking up for the British Open. And there’s no “Pardon The Interruption” on ESPN next week.
The rest of us are stuck with mind-numbing midseason baseball games. And people think the NBA’s regular season is too long.
COMPILED BY MARK ANDERSON LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL