January 4, 2007

Bowden leads Trickett to Florida State

There aren't many things that could tear an assistant coach away from his home state and the staff of a burgeoning college football powerhouse. But the chance to coach for the all-time leader in Division I wins is one of those things.

Florida State announced Thursday that Rick Trickett, West Virginia University's offensive line coach, will become the Seminoles offensive line/assistant head coach, replacing Mark McHale. McHale's contract was not renewed.

Trickett's contract, a guaranteed three-year deal, includes a base salary of $200,000 per year.

Trickett said in a Thursday teleconference that the opportunity to coach with Bobby Bowden was too tantalizing to pass up.

"Coach Bowden is a man of character and a man of integrity," he said. "He is a guy that I want to work for. When I sat down with him and we visited, and we visited for a long time, I knew halfway through the conversation that was what I was going to do."

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