John Brady of LSU was named coach of the year by coach balloting. LSU's Glen Davis was named player of the year, and Eric Ferguson of Arkansas won "Sixth Man" of the Year. How can Davis possibly win coach of the year? Granted, his Tigers won the SEC regular season title this year with a 22-7 record, and winning the SEC is no small feat. However, this is a team that went 20-10 last year and returned most all its talent that went to the semi-finals of the conference tourney and went to the NCAA tournament. Tennessee's Bruce Pearl coached the Vols to an eastern division title and a 21-6 record. This is a team that lost its top scorer and third best scorer from a team that last year went 14-17 and lost in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament. LSU was picked to win the SEC by some. UT was picked to finish no better than fourth in the SEC East and expected to perhaps make the NIT, while LSU was thought to be a lock for the NCAA. Tennessee is #4 in the national RPI index, while LSU is #10. As for Smith vs. Ferguson, let's look at the per-game numbers. UT's Smith averaged 11.3 points, while Ferguson averaged 8.6. Smith shot 38% from 3 point range ,making 36 threes on the year. Ferguson shot 32%, making 22. Smith had 27 assists and 21 turnovers, while Ferguson had 39 assists and 35 turnovers. Smith outrebounded Ferguson 3.3 to 2.5 per game. Smith had 22 steals on the year, while Ferguson had 12. Why did the voters ignore the facts on both counts? Simple. The tradition in the SEC is to reward the regular season champs. This isn't the first time such tradition has been used to snub those deemed more worthy, but it should be the last time.