Spurrier regrets overreacting

Associated Press
Steve Spurrier: The South Carolina coach omitted Tim Tebow on his All-SEC ballot, then had his pick changed.

Steve Spurrier has another regret over his all-Southeastern Conference ballot -- that he took his omission of Florida's Tim Tebow from the first team so seriously.


The South Carolina coach said Thursday he made way too big a deal of not voting for the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering. There, Spurrier went into detail about how he let director of football operations Jamie Speronis fill out the ballot, then only gave it a quick glance before signing off.

Spurrier said Speronis had Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead as South Carolina's first-team pick.

Spurrier called Tebow to apologize and got the SEC to change his selection.

FLORIDA STATE: A prosecutor has dropped a felony charge against a Florida State player who was accused of hurling a chair at a woman during a brawl in the school's student union.

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 said no one identified Goodman.

ARKANSAS: Running back Broderick Green will not have to sit out a season after transferring from Southern California.

The Arkansas athletic department confirmed Thursday that the NCAA has cleared Green to play. When Green said in November he was leaving Southern Cal, he said it was to be with his ailing grandmother in Little Rock.

Green, who a was a high school star at Little Rock's Pulaski Academy, redshirted in 2007 and played six games last season. He rushed for 168 yards on 32 carries.

HAWAII: Coach Greg McMackin is apologizing for using a derogatory remark while describing Notre Dame's chant during a dinner banquet leading up to last year's Hawaii Bowl.

McMackin used the homosexual slur Thursday during a media briefing at the Western Athletic Conference football preview in Salt Lake City.



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