West Virginia kicks off its season this Saturday like any other program will: a soft-boiled, gimme game at the Georgia Dome against No. 2 Alabama.
Why do the Mountaineers have this one handily in the bag? For starters, their phenomenally named quarterback Clint Trickett knows the enemy all too well.
The son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, Clint grew up around Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s family thanks to his father’s past roles on Saban-led teams.
Somewhere along the line, Clint met Saban’s daughter, Kristen, and according to the Mountaineers signal-caller, the two indulged in some young-love smoochery.
Clint admitted in a press conference Tuesday morning that Saban's daughter was his first kiss, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Stephen J. Nesbitt. Here are Clint’s comments in their full, less-than-steamy context:
They were six years old, guys. Let’s all have a snow cone and chill out.
Or we could take this side story and sprint for the hills with it, which Mountaineers fans will surely do come sign-scrawling time Saturday morning.
In any case, you can’t knock Clint for taking a trip down memory lane. Your first kiss is a special, Fruit by the Foot-flavored moment. Clint’s just happened to be with the daughter of the coach he’s playing against this weekend.
In regard to Saban, I’m positive he doesn’t mind. As a dad, you hope your daughter meets a nice boy named Clint Trickett.
Worst-case scenario is he turns out to be Daniel Boone's affable, pigskin-throwing sidekick.
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