By Mickey Furfari
Times West Virginian
Rick Trickett and wife Tara certainly are proud and pleased that son Clint, an experienced quarterback, decided to finish his collegiate football and academic career at West Virginia University.
“Once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer,” exclaimed the father from Florida State, where he’s in his 41st year of football coaching.
Clint Trickett, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound transfer from Florida State, is a Morgantown-area native. He already has an undergraduate degree, but still has two years of athletic eligibility.
“He always wanted to go to WVU,” Rick Trickett said. “But Bill (Stewart) did not recruit him. He attended Morgantown High for one year, then played three years in high school here (Tallahassee).
“Clint’s a really good kid. He wants to play. He’s sat around a lot for three years (two as a backup, one as a redshirt). I had no problem with that.”
The game-action-tested, mature youngster, who joined the WVU squad in May, is battling Paul Millard and Ford Childress for the starting quarterback job.
Third-year head coach Dana Holgorsen said he will soon name a starter.
Childress is a redshirt freshman and Millard is a junior, who backed graduated superstar Geno Smith the past two years.
Trickett, who started two games for Florida State, operated from a different style of offense than WVU signal-callers do. So he has been trying to adapt quickly.
“As long as your kids are happy, you should be,” said Rick, who served as an outstanding line coach at WU from 2001-06. He also coached both the defensive and ‘O’ lines two years each in the 1970s.
He expressed confidence that his son has the knowledge and experience to make a smooth, fast transition to WVU’s style of offense.
“Clint has done very well so far in his career, academically and athletically,” the veteran coach noted. “Now he wants to go back home and help some others win.”
West Virginia is wrapping up its two-week fall training camp today. The fall semester of classes begins Monday.
West Virginia opens its 2013 football season at home on Saturday, Aug. 31.