LOS ANGELES -- As offensive line coach of the Florida State Seminoles, Rick Trickett is known as a teacher of both technique and toughness, and not necessarily in that order. As the father of West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett, whose career ended a few days short of the Mountaineers’ AutoZone Liberty Bowl appearance on Monday because of a series of concussions, Rick Trickett’s hard-guy shell got pierced.
“I would have really liked to have seen him finish out his college career and play in this bowl game,” Rick Trickett said of Clint on Monday at media day for the Rose Bowl Game Presented By Northwestern Mutual. “But the numbers, and everything with all the tests up in Pittsburgh, weren’t high enough. The doctor told me, ‘If it was Big Ben (Roethliesberger), I wouldn’t put him out there.’ As a dad, that puts you in a comfort zone. At least we know what we’ve got here.”
So there is no Liberty Bowl, and Clint Trickett finished the season with 3,285 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 11 games this season for the 7-5 Mountaineers. He also will not be able to accept his invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game.
“I kind of would have liked to see him have that experience, maybe go (be a) free agent,” Rick Trickett said. “That’s not what it is. Everybody said he retired. No -- he was told he couldn’t play in the game. There’s nothing left to do. It’s time to go coach. He got a taste of it and loves it. That’s what he has always wanted to do. He’ll do good at it.”
Hey, what dad is going to argue with his son coming into his business?