After earning the BCS National Championship Game's most valuable player honors for his efforts in leading Florida to a 24-14 victory on Thursday night against Oklahoma, Tim Tebow offered few insights into his future, and whether he plans to return to the Gators for his senior season. Tebow told reporters in the moments after the game that he planned to discuss his plans with his family, and he stopped short of saying that he'd come back to Gainesville for another season.
Before the game, former Gators great Danny Wuerffel said Tebow should return.
"Yeah, I think he should come back," said Wuerffel, one of several former Heisman Trophy winners who was honored during a ceremony before the game. "I'm a Florida Gator and we definitely want him to come back.
"He like a lot of guys has got a tough decision to make, and I don't know how tonight will play into that."
Support from Billy
The Gators got plenty of Basketball love at the national-title game.
Florida Basketball Coach Billy Donovan attended the game at Dolphin Stadium along with former Gators star and Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford, according to a team spokesman. Donovan hooked up a ticket for Horford, whose Hawks lost to the Orlando Magic 106-102 on Wednesday at Philips Arena.
Florida Coach Urban Meyer was present to witness Donovan and Horford win back-to-back Basketball titles in 2006 and 2007.
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive beamed like a proud papa before Thursday's game. And why not? The 2008 Florida squad is the fourth SEC participant in the title game during Slive's seven-year tenure. LSU won the title in 2003 and 2007, and Florida won the 2006 crown. And don't forget about the 2004 Auburn team that went undefeated but missed out on the Bowl Championship Series title game.
"It's very rewarding for us," Slive said.
"I'm hoping we can continue the string. If it were to happen, it would be three in a row. It's a real tribute to coaches and players and the league and the excitement."
With the SEC having no problem reaching title games lately, why would the conference want a playoff?
"We don't," Slive said.
The attendance was 78,468, which represented the largest crowd to ever watch a game at Dolphin Stadium. . . . Approximately 10,000 Florida fans gathered in Gainesville to watch the game at the O'Connell Center. . . . Tebow threw two interceptions in the same game for the first time in his career, and the two picks matched the number he had thrown throughout the rest of the season. . . . Several former Florida players were in attendance, including Lomas Brown, Cris Collinsworth, Jarvis Moss, Reggie Nelson and Fred Taylor.
Quote of note
"Them Gators, man. What you think?"
-- Nelson, now a Jacksonville Jaguar, about his prediction for the game