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West Virginia’s Clint Trickett and Dustin Garrison (29) share a laugh at preseason practice.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Clint Trickett temporarily turned the talk from rollouts to romance on Tuesday night, recounting how Nick Saban’s daughter Kristen “was my first kiss, back in the day.”

Turns out it was way, way back in the day.

“For clarification, we were like 6 years old!” Trickett said. “Just so everyone knows that.”

For more background: Trickett’s father Rick served as Saban’s offensive line coach at LSU in 2000, around the time the now-infamous kiss occurred.

Barely a beat after mentioning the childhood peck, West Virginia’s quarterback was laughing along with reporters and rethinking the admission—”I don’t know if I should have said that.”—in light of having to face Saban’s defense during Saturday’s opener in Atlanta.

But Trickett diplomatically promoted his deep respect for Saban, who previously hired the quarterback’s older brother Travis as a graduate assistant at Alabama.

“Coach Nick is one of the greatest there is,” he said. “And we’ve known him for years, family friends and just one of the best coaches out there.”

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  • K. Freeman

    Why all the excitement over such an innocent comment? Turns out it was just another incomplete pass by Clint.

  • Perplexed in Tyler

    Why all the excitement over such an innocent comment? Turns out it was just another incomplete pass.

  • Perplexed in Tyler

    Why all the excitement over an innocent comment? Turns out it was just another incomplete pass.

  • Chef Camille

    Saban is the greatest West Virginian since Booth or Carte Goodwin.

  • Greg

    Doesn't matter... WVU is going to roll the Tide by 30.

  • Greg

    Trickett would probably like to have that comment back as it has garnered a lot of attention.

  • richard

    i wish they would stop printing comments on these articles!!!!!!! can this be done allan?

    • Hop'sHip

      Well I do know you can stop reading them. I know I decided to stop reading yours.

      • richard

        you're an ass hop'hip. but you already know that since you wipe your mouth with TP every day

        • Hop'sHip

          I'm glad I didn't read that. You should try it.

  • TB

    TMZ. Not news

  • Miater Man

    Allan, I thought your original column was better. Clint saying he probably shouldn't have said it since she was engaged. I thought it did a nice job setting up Clint's punch line. But, I understand why you changed it.

    • Miater Man

      Or, did I read that somewhere else?

  • FNP

    I mean its better than stealing crab legs and getting away with it.

  • squad

    do you guys have to take issue with everything? its funny. so what?

  • Justin

    It's positive article, quit taking things so serious. Did anyone hold a gun to your head and say read it??? NO.

  • cutty77

    This Kid just comtinues to show how Stupid he is. I don't care if she was 2 years old. Trickett just can't stand the spotlight. Saban needs more reasons to beat WVU than whats on The Table. But Bambi Trickett continues to Load up Bama's Wagon. What a Idiot.

    • The flying dutchman

      Over react much? You need to worry more about personal anger issues and less about what two 6 year old act like you know how Saban is going to don't.... It's laughable to think , as you suggest, that Saban will use this to motivate his team.... Here's a thought.... Tricketts not the idiot... My friend

    • Miater Man

      Someone continues to show how stupid he is.

      • cutty77

        Not as Dumb as you and Clint Trickett,my friend.

        • the flying dutchman

          first, its obvious you have no friends because they would have prevented you from posting something so ridiculous. its laughable to believe that tricketts comments are bulletin board material for saban and alabama. what are we in grade school...which is when the kiss occured.

    • FNP

      Seriously? He's known Saban for years! It was a joke and the media twists it into something else.

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  • FNP

    Why is this even news? This is some crap you would see on TMZ. They were 6 years old and Clint has known Saban for years. Get over it and move on.