List Grows Thinner

With Christmas approaching, West Virginia fans still do not know who will be the next head football coach in Morgantown.

What is becoming clearer is who will not hold that title. Earlier Sunday night, Florida State offensive coordinator and head coach in waiting Jimbo Fisher released a statement announcing he would be staying at FSU, despite strong interest and widespread speculation that he was on the cusp of accepting an agreement from West Virginia.

Now, has learned that another Seminole assistant, associate head coach and offensive line coach Rick Trickett, has informed WVU officials that he is also removing his name from consideration for the top job.

Trickett, 59, interviewed for the vacated head coaching position earlier in the week with WVU Athletic Director Ed Pastilong. The Masontown native has long been considered as the nation's finest offensive line mentor, and spent the first six seasons of the Rich Rodriguez era in Morgantown tutoring a line which paved the way for record-breaking runners such as Avon Cobourne, Quincy Wilson, Kay-Jay Harris, Steve Slaton, Rasheed Marshall, and Patrick White.

At the behest of former WVU head coach and Florida State legend Bobby Bowden, Trickett moved on to Tallahassee in January of 2007 as part of a Seminole staff overhaul, which ironically also included Fisher.

Many Mountaineer fans were hoping that one or both of the Florida State staffers with Mountain State roots would be heading home to lead the Blue and Gold. Instead, both Fisher and Trickett will remain in Tallahassee.

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