Answer: Because only amateur athletes are eligible for it!
Helmet rap to @TideFanAtlanta for the joke.
Via the al.com “Auburn Bureau.” In a move reminiscent of the SEC Football Coaches voting Steve Spurrier Coach of the Year, the conference’s Athletic Directors have awarded the SEC Male Athlete of the Year Award to John-Patrick Smith, a Senior Tennis Player from the University of Tennessee.
As Charles Goldberg points out, this is the first time that an SEC player who won the Heisman Trophy was NOT also named MAOTY.
Is it an intentional snub of the SEC’s most prolific—and most controversial—football player?