NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Look up journeyman college football coach in the dictionary and you will find a picture of Rick Trickett, the Florida State offensive line coach and assistant head coach.
Starting in 1976, Trickett has worked at 10 universities, including two stints at West Virginia.
The Trickett journey: West Virginia to Southern Illinois to Southern Miss to New Mexico to Memphis to Auburn to Glenville State to LSU back to West Virginia to Florida State.
Trickett was the Auburn offensive line coach from 1993-98 under Terry Bowden.
"The early years were super," Trickett said Saturday as his Seminoles prepare for Monday night's BCS showdown against Auburn.
"When you have an 11-0 run and nobody is expecting you to win any, that is always fun," he said.
Trickett has been to 17 bowls as a college coach, but ironically that unbeaten 1993 Auburn team was not one of them because of NCAA probation.
Trickett was joking about all the Auburn and Alabama connections on the Florida State staff. Head coach Jimbo Fisher was on the Auburn staff the same time as Trickett. A number of FSU assistants have connections to the state.
"I heard Gus (Malzahn) told his staff that our staff probably knew more people in Alabama than they did," Trickett said.
Trickett said he knew early on that Fisher was going to be a head coach.
"His memory is unbelievable," Trickett said. "We were in a staff meeting watch film and a play, '344 Cadillac,' came up. We had not run it in three or four years."
Fisher still remembered it vividly.
"He said, 'We ran it three years ago at LSU. It was third quarter, second series, the ball was on the left hash,'" Trickett said. "We went back to the film and he was right. I knew from that day, I was not going to question him."