If Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel can play his way to Heisman Trophy-finalist status again next year, North Texas coach Todd Dodge should consider carving out some time now.
Daniel called Dodge late Tuesday night, asking his former Southlake Carroll coach to take one of six guest seats each finalist receives for the Heisman ceremony. Dodge has 17 recruits coming to Denton this weekend, so he had to decline. That's painful timing.
"I can't be gone while they're here," Dodge said. "I'm flattered, but I'll be watching on TV. I'm just so proud of him. The last month or couple of months, I was kind of thinking he was in a position to get invited."
Dodge said he'd like to be with Daniel during a big week, first in Orlando, Fla., for the Davey O'Brien Award announcement and then in New York for the Heisman.
"It's a little surreal," Dodge said. "I told everybody he'd conntinue to improve. A lot of people felt he didn't have a whole lot of upside. I know him too well. All he's ever done is improve. I wish I could be there, but I'm all about the Mean Green now."