Florida State Names Trickett As Assistant Coach

Jan. 4, 2007

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -Bobby Bowden started the overhaul of Florida State's offensive staff Thursday, hiring West Virginia's Rick Trickett as offensive line coach.

Trickett will earn $200,000 in the first year of a three-year contract. He replaces offensive line coach Mark McHale, whose contract was not renewed.

The 58-year-old Trickett said on a conference call that the opportunity to coach for Bobby Bowden was a key factor in his decision to leave West Virginia.

"It was a tough decision because we're going to have a heckuva football team here (West Virginia) next season," said Trickett, who was offered the job a week ago and persuaded in part by Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews.

The announcement came at about the same time Seminoles linebackers coach Kevin Steele left for Alabama.

Trickett is the first new piece in Bowden's overhaul of his offensive staff. In November, his youngest son, Jeff Bowden, resigned as the offensive coordinator. Veteran assistant Billy Sexton, who handled running backs, also resigned from the staff last month after three decades.

Florida State completed a 7-6 season with a 44-27 victory over UCLA in the Emerald Bowl last month. The six losses were the most in Bowden's 31 years at the school, matching his first year here in 1976.



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