Despite family legacy, Trickett expects coaching career to start at bottom

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Clint Trickett, just six weeks removed from his final live-game action as West Virginia’s quarterback, ramped up pursuit of a graduate assistant position at the American Football Coaches Association convention in Louisville.

The son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett and younger brother of Samford offensive coordinator Travis Trickett said he has “a good last name behind me” but will take a bottom-up approach to making his own reputation as a coach.

Trickett hinted he might start his career as a quarterback GA.

“This is the part where you do all the grunt work, but I’m looking forward to it,” he told MetroNews “Sportsline” on Tuesday night. “I’m not looking for any handouts or anything. I’m ready to get to work.”

Comparing the job-fair environment of the convention to recruiting, Trickett said “you’ve got to sit down, weigh the options and see which is the best fit for you.” The convention was scheduled to conclude Wednesday night.

His brother served as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban at Alabama and Jimbo Fisher at Florida State, so Trickett has an idea of the workload required.

The quarterback predicted his exposure to dramatically different offenses at FSU and West Virginia will help him acclimate where ever he lands.

“I want to take a lot of the no-huddle, tempo stuff that Dana (Holgorsen) does and a lot of the concepts that Jimbo did,” Trickett said. “There’s a happy medium.”

Watch Trickett’s complete “Sportsline” interview above, during which he discusses having “a hell of a time” at WVU despite concussions. He also weighs in on next season’s quarterback battle in Morgantown.

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