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SEC athletic directors snub Cam Newton

Updated: July 2, 2011, 3:30 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Cam Newton is no Rafael Nadal.

But then, is John-Patrick Smith?

The SEC apparently holds Smith -- Tennessee's first four-time tennis All-American who finished the Vols' season ranked 10th in the nation -- in higher regard than the NFL's top draft pick, as the conference's athletic directors have made Smith the first Volunteer to win their male-athlete-of-the-year award since Peyton Manning in 1998.

Newton, meanwhile, will have to be content with the Heisman Trophy -- ...

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