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Auburn QB Cam Newton's long road from Florida ended with an MVP trophy and SEC title on Saturday. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox, Getty Images)
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton dominated the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, winning MVP honors on the way to the title. In the process, he broke or helped Auburn break several title game records.
What does that have to do with Florida now? Apparently, now that Newton has had himself a Heisman season, Florida should openly admit regret for losing him, at least according to one columnist.
Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News writes:
“Maybe it was a good thing the Gators lost to (Steve) Spurrier and South Carolina in November in the game that decided the SEC East title. Otherwise, they would’ve had to watch Newton go wild in person Saturday and face the truth.
“They were a shadow of their championship selves without him this season. Anything that anyone connected to that program has said or will say about not missing him is a big, heaping pile of sour grapes.”
Florida coach Urban Meyer has said several times this season that he does not regret how the situation was handled and he wishes Newton well. Yes, he saw flashes of Newton’s potential when he was at Florida.
But what else should Florida say? Yeah, we should have benched Tim Tebow for his senior season so Newton could play? Oh, we could have looked past all of Newton’s issues if we knew he would be this good?
Would Florida have been better on the field than its 7-5 season this year with Newton? Yeah. Could they have known he would be as dominant as he has been and accepted him despite his numerous problems? Probably not.
If the Gators had seen this coming in their crystal ball, would they have done things differently? Who knows, but don’t expect them to gripe about it now.