WVU Reportedly Losing Top Assistant Coach

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WVU Tight End Coach and Inside Receivers coach, Travis Trickett, is expected to be hired as the Offensive Coordinator at the University of South Florida, replacing Charlie Weis Jr. Trickett is the son of former WVU offensive line coach Rick Trickett and brother to former WVU quarterback Clint Trickett.

During Trickett’s 3 year career at WVU, made significant impacts both in player development and recruiting. Winston Wright developed into a dynamic weapon out of the slot and both Mike O’Laughlin and TJ Banks became reliable run blockers and safety blankets under Trickett’s guidance.

As a recruiter, Trickett was responsible for bringing in some of the top talent from the past 2 recruiting classes. He is credited as the primary recruiter for the top recruit in WVU’s 2022 class, 4-star defensive back Jacoby Spells. Trickett is also credited as the lead recruiter for 4-star linebacker Travious Lathan, current starting freshman cornerback Daryl Porter Jr., 3-star tight end Corbin Page, and many others.

The loss of Trickett is a huge hit to the WVU coaching staff. Trickett was ranked as the 7th best recruiterin the Big 12, behind only Tyson Veigt from Iowa State and coaches at Oklahoma and Texas. Additionally, Trickett was one of the few coaches on staff with ties to WVU prior to working here. Replacing Trickett will be a challenge but crucial to WVUs coaching success of the future.

This opportunity is a great next step in Trickett’s career. This will not be his first stint as offensive coordinator, as he previously served as offensive coordinator at Samford, Florida Atlantic, and Georgia State. However, he will have the opportunity to learn from the former Clemson offensive coordinator, 2-time College Football Playoff champion, and current USF head coach, Jeff Scott. Trickett will also get the opportunity to showcase his abilities as a playcaller in the top non-Power 5 conferences in the NCAA, the AAC.

This is a disappointing loss for the Mountaineers. However, we wish Travis the best of luck at USF!

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