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What if Daniel had ended up at Texas?

10/15/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I've always been a fan of the genre of alternate history. Books like "Fatherland" by Robert Harris, "Trinity's Child" by William Prochnau and "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth have fascinated me for their "what if" views in terms of history.

Maybe the Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter likes the same kind of reading. Because he delves into an interesting scenario concerning what would have happened if Chase Daniel had gone to Texas.

Matter quotes Daniel's mother, Vickie, who said her son was "devastated" when he wasn't offered a scholarship by his childhood favorites, the Longhorns. Instead, he ended up at Missouri where he has developed into a record-breaking quarterback and a Heisman challenger as a senior.

Obviously, Daniel and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy would have been involved in a tight battle for playing time if both had ended up in Austin. And as Texas coach Mack Brown has said, both likely would have not have remained if one had won the starting job and the other had been beaten out for playing time.

But it's something intriguing to think about as the Tigers travel to Texas, looking for their first victory there since 1896. That's a potential historical gap that almost demands an alternate history look in itself.