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FSU QB coming to WVU?

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After getting in eight games as a backup last year, Clint Trickett was released from his scholarship at Florida State and plans to transfer. He'll be immediately eligible to play this year since he's graduating in May.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ye olde notebook:

| West Virginia University's football team might just be signing a new quarterback.

On Wednesday, Florida State released quarterback Clint Trickett from his scholarship, allowing him to transfer and play this coming season at another school.

That school could sit in Morgantown.

Sources told me Trickett will visit Morgantown and could be there as early as Saturday for the spring game.

It could make the Mountaineer QB competition more than interesting. As WVU attempts to replace Geno Smith, Trickett would immediately compete with Paul Millard and Ford Childress.

Trickett, whose father Rick hails from West Virginia and coached at WVU, had been a serious contender to start for the Seminoles. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 259 yards during FSU's spring game. It seems, however, redshirt freshman Jameis Winston is the front-runner to start there.

Trickett played eight games last season as EJ Manuel's backup and completed 22 of 34 passes for 272 yards. In 2011, he started games against Wake Forest and Clemson.

The quarterback can transfer and play immediately because he is graduating from FSU in May with eligibility.

Sources say Trickett will decide between WVU and South Florida.

| I had a chance to speak with Greenbrier owner Jim Justice and his resort's new golf tournament director, Monte Ortel, the other day.

You've probably heard Aerosmith will be the second act in the Greenbrier Classic's Concert Series. (How much staying power does the group have? It was the first band I saw in concert. I was 16 then. I'm 52 now.)

What you may not know is Aerosmith and Kenny Chesney will be the only artists signed this year.

"We're going to have two acts instead of three," Justice said. "Our sponsors like to entertain here and said, even though they like the acts, they also want to entertain privately."

In regard to the tournament, there's not much player news. Ortel said all past champions -- Stuart Appleby, Scott Stallings and Ted Potter Jr. -- have indicated they'll return. Ditto Brendan Steele and Greg Owen. Course pro emeritus Tom Watson is "unofficially" set to play.

But it might be tougher for Justice to get Tiger Woods to return. ("We're really working on him," said the owner. "A lot of people, though, are now pulling at Tiger.") He's hopeful Phil Mickelson will be back.

If they do return, they'll find a new No. 18 tee box on the Old White course.

"The hole has gone from 162 to 175 yards," Ortel said.

An oak tree that fell during last year's derecho allowed for the longer hole. The course will now play at 7,301 yards from the black tees, 3,505 on the front nine and 3,796 on the back.

| On Tuesday I had a chance to speak with new West Virginia State football coach Jon Anderson, who took over in Institute after serving as a defensive coordinator at the University of Sioux Falls, S.D. (Aren't all state coaches plucked from South Dakota?)

Anderson was still having trouble pronouncing some of the area schools. (Just wait until he gets to Hurricane.) But he gets what I've been trying to stress to state college coaches for years: If you want local support, recruit local kids.

It's been a problem for years in the West Virginia Conference and I expect it to continue in the new Mountain East.

Case in point: There were 31 players named to last season's All-WVC football first team. Only four hailed from the Mountain State. One of those four was a punter.

But in these parts, for instance, schools have a better chance drawing out fans with ex-Kennedy Award winner and Scott High grad Jordan Roberts, as the University of Charleston had, or ex-Bluefield High standout Ansel Ponder, as Concord had.

The problem, yes, is there aren't many such standouts, and coaches need to win. But Anderson is trying. Of 32 scholarship players signed, 11 are West Virginia kids, including Winfield's Garrett Grafton and T.C. Kester.

| And finally . . .

Congrats to Luke Carpenter of Nitro.On Friday, Carpenter will sign to swim for Davis & Elkins College, which, thankfully, still goes by "college" and not "university" because it, like all upper in-state schools not named WVU or Marshall, is a "college" and not a "university."

Anyway, the odd part of Carpenter's signing is he's not a year-round swimmer. He swims with the Cross Lanes Sharks during the summer, but that's about it.

Basically, he's a recreational swimmer.

And in these days of year-round demands for kids in every single sport, that's refreshing.

Give 'em heck, Luke.Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvingle@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.


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