New Coaching Possibility?

Far from definite, but one possibility to fill Jake Spavital’s coaching position at WVU apparently is former Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett.

Trickett would NOT be West Virginia’s offensive coordinator, but instead would strictly be the team’s quarterback coach. Head coach Dana Holgorsen would resume his duties as WVU’s offensive coordinator in this scenario.

Again this is not 100 percent yet, but it is a possibility that Holgorsen is apparently considering.

After finishing his playing career at West Virginia (2013-14), Trickett began his coaching career as the quarterback coach at East Mississippi Community College for two seasons (2015-16). He moved to Florida Atlantic in 2017, and has spent the past two years coaching the tight ends at FAU.

To add to this rumor, here is new commit Ali Jennings’ interview from today:

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  • #77335

    Far from definite, but one possibility to fill Jake Spavital’s coaching position at WVU apparently is former Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett.

    Trickett would NOT be West Virginia’s offensive coordinator, but instead would strictly be the team’s quarterback coach. Head coach Dana Holgorsen would resume his duties as WVU’s offensive coordinator in this scenario.

    Again this is not 100 percent yet, but it is a possibility that Holgorsen is apparently considering.

    After finishing his playing career at West Virginia (2013-14), Trickett began his coaching career as the quarterback coach at East Mississippi Community College for two seasons (2015-16). He moved to Florida Atlantic in 2017, and has spent the past two years coaching the tight ends at FAU.

    #77338

    I’ll take it.

    #77341

    Interesting choice. The brain dead posters on other sites will have a field day with this.

    Holgs goes back to calling most of the plays while elevating another coach to OC.

    #77346

    Now, all Clint needs is a QB and an offensive line.

    #77356

    I’m not sure I’m on board with this. Sounds to me that either:
    1. Dana wants play calling back
    2. No one was interested in coming here for a multitude of reasons

    I guess we will see how this plays out. Does anyone know if Spavital will be at the bowl game?

    #77368

    We’ll ask that question at today’s media availability.

    #77392

    I guess he could elevate Joe Wickline or Tyron Carrier to OC. I don’t think there’s enough history with Marquel Blackwell yet.

    #77429

    I like the idea of Holgs also being the OC

    #77430

    Just my opinion here, but I think it s tough to be an OL coach and also be the OC. The Ol coach has a lot more individual players to coach, takes more time to watch film on individuals, etc.

    This has nothing to do with their competence – I just wonder if being the primary guy, and also involved in playcalling, is a tough workload to handle, especially on game day.

    #77438

    Ali Jennings said in his interview on Richmond television that Holgorsen will be the OC at WVU for the bowl game and next season. So hiring a pure QB coach like Trickett could be exactly what we are looking at here.

    #77450

    Sounds like a good choice. Trickett will be a good recruiter and get more coaching experience from Holgs.

    #77451

    My thoughts:

    When Holgs stunted as both HC and OC last time out, things didn’t work out so well. However–and emphasizing that word HOWEVER, he was still pretty green as an HC. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong in this, but that’s how I remember how things went down. And if I remember correctly, then going forward, there have been, on more than one occasion this year alone, that I wished that it was Holgs calling the plays this season rather than who actually did–and am convinced that if that had occurred, we may well have all been singing a different tune right now, instead of having to hear that insufferable, god-awful Okie sing-song every eight seconds if we choose to watch the “playoffs”; but instead enjoy, at least after a score, “Hail West Virginia” instead–as it should have been in any event.

    That said, I think it is agreeable that Holgs has finally matured into an HC–with what I assume to also be agreed upon that he was the offensive wizard that he was hired for in the first place.

    Secondarily–but also vastly important when considering the financials at WVU, is that with such an arrangement, comes with it the bother of throwing (at least in the short term) a million plus for what would likely be an unproven OC, which is in essence, a roll of the dice.

    Heading into next season and with what’s available as to an OC, I don’t think this staff has anything to lose–and may actually prove to be a pretty smart move.

    #77455

    quarterback

    What were East Mississippi and Florida Atlantic records while Clinton was at each school? Up or down from the year before he came to each?

    #77456

    EMCC was 8-1 in 2015, which was Clint’s first season there and then 11-1 in 2016. Remember that school is one of the juco powerhouses and often competes for a national title. The Lions were also 11-1 in 2017 after Clint left and 12-0 this season.

    Meanwhile FAU was 11-3 in Clint’s first season there in 2017, but stumbled to 5-7 this past season.

    #77515

    Get the best recruiter you can find and fit him in. Holgorsen was not an appreciably better head coach without his. OC duties, so no big deal if he takes them back.

    #77561

    I agree 100% with Ccteam, we need a new assistant coach that can flat out recruit. Our pipeline from Lackawanna Junior College must have dried up, since Penn State just signed 2 of their best players. One of them – JaQuan Brisker, is “arguably the best junior college defender in the nation” quote from local paper. Our recruiting ranking of 52 (last year 35) – nation wide and 7th in the Big 12 is pedestrian. Iowa State was 43rd. Crap, we didn’t even sign a QB! Dana can call plays all day in his sleep, but I seriously question his inability to sign elite players.

    #77564

    Isn’t Seider a solid possibility? He is good in Florida where we have lost a bit of traction of late.

    I agree that a decent coach and great recruiter is the best route.

    Seider seems as good of a fit as any.

    #77574

    It all starts in the trenches with the OL and DL. Then add in the skill players. OH, we’re talking about coaches? Well, that’s it. Get a coach that can recruit then worry about fitting in a coach that can call plays. We have one of the best play callers in the country in Holgs. Let him do it till he finds the right person. But you can’t do it without players on the field. …….. Hire the best recruiter available.

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