Florida State beat Notre Dame Saturday night in a game for the ages despite bing without one of its most important coaches.
Long-time FSU assistant Rick Trickett missed the game because of a health issues that multiple reports suggested was a heart attack. But Trickett was discharged from the hospital on Sunday and, true to the dedication he’s become known for over more than four decades in football, Trickett is expected to be back in his office breaking down film on Monday.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. FSU Announced Trickett Was Out With a ‘Personal Health Issue’
Coach Jimbo Fisher announced that Trickett would miss the game because of a “personal health issue,” but didn’t say what the issue was.
You can read Florida State’s full statement in this tweet:
Well wishes for Trickett poured in from all over on Twitter form, among others, former Texas coach and current ESPN analyst Mack Brown.
2. People Are Tweeting That Trickett Had a Heart Attack Friday Night
A handful of people, including Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell, are tweeting that Trickett suffered a heart attack.
Ira Schoffel, the managing editor of Warchant.com and a Florida State correspondent for Fox Sports 1, tweeted that rumors about Trickett’s “heart issue” Friday night are true, but that Trickett is “doing well.”
3. David Spurlock Coached the Noles’ O-Line Against Notre Dame
Graduate assistant David Spurlock, a former offensive lineman who played under Trickett at Florida State, coached the Noles’ offensive line in FSU’s dramatic 31-27 win over the Irish.
Spurlock, whose last year on the FSU roster came in 2011, played with several current FSU players.
4. Trickett’s Son, Clint, Threw 3 TDs Saturday & Led West Virginia to a Huge Win
Trickett’s son, Clint, is a former Florida State quarterback who transferred to West Virginia after the 2012 season. On Saturday, under what have must have been unimaginably difficult circumstances, Trickett played one of the best games of his career, leading throwing 3 touchdown passes as the Mountaineers beat fourth-ranked Baylor 41-27 to hand the Bears their first loss of the season.
5. Trickett Is in His 8th Year on the FSU Staff
Trickett joined the Seminoles staff in 2007, when Bobby Bowden was still the Noles’ head coach. You can watch him talking to reporters after a practice in 2011 in the video above.
Here’s how his Florida State bio describes him:
One of the top and most respected offensive line coaches in all of college football, Rick Trickett will enter his eighth season at Florida State and his 41st overall in 2014. He is nationally recognized for his ability to identify, recruit and develop talent. The 2013 season proved that Trickett was not only one of the top offensive line coaches in the nation, but one of the best assistant coaches in college football as the Seminole offensive line served as the foundation for the highest scoring offense in college football history and an undefeated national championship season. All five offensive line starters earned all-conference honors and three Seminole linemen captured All-America honors.