- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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After a rather lengthy negotiation period, Florida State offensive line coach and assistant head coach Rick Trickett has agreed to a one-year contract extension, which will take his current three-year contract through Jan. 9, 2011, according to Trickett's lawyer, Buddy Brown.
Trickett, who is a fan-favorite after just two seasons at FSU, turned one of the youngest, most inexperienced offensive lines in the ACC into one of the Seminoles' biggest assets last year. Brown told ESPN.com on Wednesday that Trickett's compensation was "materially below other similarly situated individuals who are recruiters and coaches in big-time college programs in this part of the country."
Terms of the contract were not released, but Trickett reportedly made $200,000 in 2007, his first season. In what appeared to be a take-it-or-leave-it deal, Brown said Trickett put his loyalty to the program ahead of his contract demands.
"I think it all deals with loyalty," Brown said, "what I would anticipate from an individual with the character coach Trickett possesses. He's put himself and his own self interests behind and has put the interests of others ahead."
Trickett, a veteran of the U.S. Marines, is known for his motivational skills. He was hired by Florida State in January, 2007, from West Virginia, as part of an overhaul to Florida State's offensive staff. The Noles' running game has improved in each of the past two seasons.
"He is an exceptional football coach, does a great job, brings toughness to the group, brings consistency, brings all the things, great recruiter, great guy," offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said. "I mean, we need him here and I have made that clear to the people, we want him here."
Heather Dinich covers college football for ESPN.com
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