MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Clint Trickett wanted to sign with West Virginia in 2010, only back then WVU didn’t want Clint Trickett.

Then he planned to transfer to WVU last December, but a failed class delayed his Florida State graduation until spring.

Now, at last, he’s here, in the place he felt destined to be all along.

The kid who moved from Morgantown as a high school freshman seven years ago—but never really left it—returns as a 22-year-old college junior. On Tuesday morning he strolled into the players’ lounge overlooking Mountaineer Field and became a daydreaming youngster again.

“I always wanted to play here, in this stadium, for these fans,” Trickett said.

But will he play? Can Trickett trump Ford Childress and Paul Millard in a quarterback tri-meet that is the daily talk of fall camp?

At least Trickett senses he’s getting a legit chance at WVU, the kind of opportunity he apparently wasn’t afforded in Tallahassee, where the pro-style offense became the domain of taller, broad-shouldered passers.

“Some people wanted that prototypical quarterback, and I’m not. I’m 6-2, 185 and I’m going to be that,” he said. “Down there maybe my size did hurt, but not up here.”

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Clint Trickett had offers from Florida State, Florida and Arkansas in 2010, but not WVU—the program he adored most. “They ran a different offense,” he said, “so I understood why.”

Trickett said Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson don’t worry much about the measurables, “as long as you get it done.”

He seems refreshed, completely in his element, at home. He kept up with Morgantown friends throughout his time away, making at least two trips back each year, so there’s no shortage of loved ones in the area hoping he succeeds. Of course he left his biggest fan back at FSU, where his dad Rick Trickett remains the offensive line coach. But the dynamics of that situation weren’t necessarily advantageous.

“Things were uncomfortable down there with my dad being on staff,” said Trickett, clarifying the problem was “not so much with the players because I was just another one of the guys. They didn’t treat me like a coach’s kid. I was just their quarterback. The players were fine.”

He declined to specify the source of the uneasiness, too diplomatic to lob criticisms from 850 miles away, but there are some fans who continue to chide his father for the Seminoles’ offensive struggles. And there were others who questioned why Clint was offered a scholarship at all—apparently forgetting that Florida and Arkansas also recruited him.

Trickett leaves it at this: “It was really uncomfortable,” he said, “and I had to get out.”

He would have gotten out five months earlier, but his plan to graduate in 2 1/2 years hinged upon taking an 18-hour course load last fall.

“That was rough,” said Trickett, who realized he overcommitted early in the semester. “Yeah, by like Day 2.”

So he finished his social sciences degree in late May and bee-lined it to West Virginia to begin summer workouts a couple days later.

Trickett moved into a townhome with receiver Connor Arlia, and for a few weeks in July the two played host to another high-profile transfer, Charles Sims, who did some couch crashing until finding his own place.

The new quarterback soon counted the new running back among his best friends on the team, and Sims—after spending his entire life in Texas—couldn’t have asked for a more invested Morgantown tour guide. Though the Tricketts lived in Starkville, Miss., when Clint was born and subsequently spent six years in Auburn, none of those places gave him the hometown feel.

Quincy Wilson, who played running back when Trickett’s dad was coaching the Mountaineers’ offensive line, is now the program’s director of player development. A few days ago he started reminiscing about the 10-year-old Clint who used to pop up around the football offices.

“Quincy said, ‘Man, it’s cool to see you out here,’ and it is,” Trickett said. “It’s good to be back.”

The mountains, the “flying WV” on the stadium facade—for Trickett this place re-opens a gym bag full of memories, and over the next two seasons he plans on building some new ones.

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  • Cliff

    William is from Pittsburg

    • Mike

      AHHHHHHHHHH...So that explains everything! I understand his comments now. Welcome to an interesting place Clint. Can't wait to see you in action.

  • Paul

    It is evident that William is a lost soul who never played sports. Get a life little man...

  • cutty77

    I'm glad he is coming Home. That being said he can't start and produce like WVU offense needs him to do.Can He play,yes in spots. Its a Great Story,but storys don't win you any Football Games.It reminds me of JR House,was he a great addition yes he was, But remember he left that year to play Baseball,and WVU went to the Sugar Bowl. I happen to run into JR out in the street before the game,and i asked him what he thought about the game that night. He said to much SEC Speed,well i haven't seen him since. LOL

  • Hop'sHip

    Nice piece of sports reporting, especially coming from someone who was a columnist at the Securities Exchange Commission.

  • wvajoker

    "Dana "You Know" Holgerson will NEVER ALWAYS BE A MOUNTAINEER!"

    May not, but you never know. The one thing that I do know is that William will never be a MOUNTAINEER!!!

  • Mountainman

    Nice and well done piece of work, Allen.

  • leroy j gibbs

    Sounds like a home grown boy kinda hope he becomes a great mountaineer!

  • wvrefugee

    Interesting!!! Only other problem that I remember was that "daddy" wanted to come here with him after leaving like a spoiled child!!! He forgot to mention that!!

  • Pat

    What a great kid. Good head on his shoulders. WV training put on weight...he looks good. Hope everything works out for him. Love to see him win the job.

  • Brian

    We couldn't take him in 2010, because we had to make room for future stars like Barry Brunetti and Jeremy Johnson, and also save 5 schollies for some mysterious, secret walk-on development project or something.

  • Tom

    Clint with succeed because he wants the program to succeed. I can't wait to see him leading Holgs offense.

  • Maxxajay

    Welcome Clint ,, Hope you stay healthy ,,,to me you are a true Mountaineer, you want to be here...May nothing but the best for you in your stay here ......

  • Helen5844

    Very glad to have you back. I will pray you stay healthy. LETS GOOOO
    I do hope every member of the team wants to be here and no where else. Love my Mountaineers. I do believe this could be the year we show everyone how wrong they are.

  • That guy over there

    I love it that we have players who really want to be here. I don't care who starts or what our record is this season, our program is not very far away from being a top 15 program year in year out again...its a great time to be a mountaineer.

    • William

      Your in a dream. WAKE UP. WVU sports has been terrible and will continue to go down hill. IT'S A SAD TIME TO BE A WVU FAN.

      • eliotz

        Who are you? I'm an old dude (class 82) and if you're even 10 years younger than I am... and you sound like you're about 12, you have no idea what its like to see WVU sports suck! There isn't a school the size of WV, class size or endowment, with a better athletic program since Luck took over. A classmate off mine I might add.

      • Bagelknot

        William I don't know you or your background. But, by reading your comments, I assume you are a dilusional Marshall fan. Get a life and watch the success WVU has over the next 5 years while Marshall continues to be irrelevant.

      • Vinnie


      • Dale

        Your a very sad individual ,you have never said a positive word in any of your postings.You must be dissatisfied in you own personal life.

      • Hoffy

        Here we go again. Find another thread to vent your frustrations, please.

        • Hoffy

          Previous comment directed towards William, by the way. Should be used to it by now, but sometimes, I can't help but fire back...
          Anyhoo, it is indeed a good story to know the Mountaineers have a quality young person like Clint Trickett representing the team.
          Class act.

      • Greg

        WILLIAM - Just glad you're (spelled correctly) aren't one.

        • Greg

          Make that "not" one.

          • donutfiend77

            Nice Recovery!

      • Wemakerain


        You're the type of fair weather fan who give their programs a bad name.

      • WV07

        William, you are a sad little man and a pessimistic loser who can't spell. WVU fans don't care what your (notice I used the proper spelling of your) opinion of our team is. Thanks, a real Mountaineer

        • William

          Dana "You Know" Holgerson will NEVER ALWAYS BE A MOUNTAINEER!

        • Brian

          SLAPPPPPP!!!!!! Normally I would say you're losing a debate when you resort to name calling, but that was wholly warranted.

  • Habib Haddad

    Mountaineer Nation will be glad you came home Clint, in the not too distant future.

    • al

      I think trickett will do a great job

    • William

      Bob "Sweatsuit" Huggins and Dana "You Know" Holgerson make over $10,000.00 dollars everyday. I guess for some, it's a great day to be a Mountaineer!

      • MountainMover

        Uninformed, ignorant comment. In the past 10 years WVU has defeated three different conference champions in three different BCS games, AND, has gone to a Final Four. Only two other schools in America can say the same. That generates a big chunk of revenue for the public university and the taxpayers who support it.

      • bva24