Florida State gave offensive line coach Rick Trickett a $75,000 raise and a new three-year contract, per a report from Ira. Trickett, who is considered one of the top offensive line coaches in the country, transformed Florida State's offensive line from a laughing-stock among coaching circles, into one of the best in the country. In 2008 Trickett took the youngest offensive line in the country, featuring some decidedly-unheralded recruits, and disciplined the way for FSU to almost double its rushing output per game. As those same guys matured, they have laid the foundation for FSU to have one of the best 10 offenses nationally in back-to-back seasons. Under the former Marine's tutelage, guard Rodney Hudson earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the ACC. Hudson is the only Florida State player to ever win the award twice.
A great offensive line coach may be the hardest thing to find in coaching, so Florida State was wise to extend coach Trickett. With the ACC contract and a smaller donor base than that of most SEC programs, FSU can't always match what those top-level programs can pay. But being in the ballpark is important. Many coaches won't uproot their family for a 20% raise, where they might for a 50% raise. I am not in any way suggesting coach Trickett was going to leave. FSU is now paying one of the best offensive line coaches in the country like one of the best offensive line coaches in the country.
The ACC now has several excellent offensive-line coaches. Along with Trickett, Clemson's Robbie Caldwell is also considered one of the best in the country. NC State's Don Horton, and Miami's Art Kehoe are likely on the next tier.
Not only has Trickett done an excellent job with marginal talent, but his results have now begun to attract better recruits. Florida State signed the top recruiting class in the country thanks in large part to signing the best group of offensive line prospects in all of college football. That is extremely important, as Trickett is considered a much better teacher than he is a recruiter. With no offense intended to the current players, who are good players, these new recruits are much better as recruits than the current players were as recruits. With that new influx of talent, FSU fans are hopeful that Trickett can replicate the success he had at Auburn, when he produced four first-round draft picks in a six-year span.
Ira tweeted that Athletic Director Randy Spetman told him that he is currently reviewing contracts for the entire staff. More extensions could be coming.