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LSU coach Van Chancellor willing to bet it all on Tim Tebow



When your team has just won a basketball game by 40 points, it's amazing how the postgame conversation can take a strange turn.

Van chancellor Following LSU's 70-30 victory over Florida Thursday night, veteran coach Van Chancellor turned the postgame interview into a Q&A about Florida football.

After asking whether the Gators can make a run at another title next season, Chancellor wanted some info on John Brantley and whether he was up to the task of replacing  Tim Tebow, whom he called "the greatest college quarterback.''

And then, this classic gem. Chancellor, who has won 505 games in 22 years, led the Houston Comets to four WNBA titles and was the head coach of the gold-medal winning 2004 U.S. Olympic team, said he believes so-called experts are missing the boat in their assessment of Tebow.

"All the pro guys talking what the guy can't do,'' Chancellor said. "All he's done is win, win, win. When I was in Houston and they don't want to take Vince Young because he didn't pass that little old test thing [Wonderlic] they gave him, and there was something about his throwing motion. All he's done is beat 'em every time he's played 'em.

"People can win,'' Chancellor added. "Give me a winner every time.''

Chancellor, 66, told reporters that if he's alive in 10 years, "my goal these days is just to be alive,'' he said, he plans to return and tell everybody how right he was.

"I'm going to bet you Tim Tebow has a nice NFL career,'' he said. "He's going to win wherever he goes.  Ya'll don't think I know football. I know winners. If he were in rec basketball I'd take him, and I've never seen him shoot.''

"If I'm the defensive coordinators in the SEC, I'm going to be glad that joker's gone. You understand that.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 1:40pm]


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