by Chuck McGill
Daily Mail sports writer
HUNTINGTON -- Rick Trickett, the assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Florida State, has emerged as serious candidate to succeed Mark Snyder as Marshall's football coach, the Daily Mail has learned.
Multiple sources said Trickett, 61, will interview with Athletic Director Mike Hamrick on Friday at an undisclosed, neutral location.
Trickett has 36 years of college football coaching experience on his resume, which includes the last three seasons with the Seminoles under out-going Coach Bobby Bowden.
A native of Masontown, W.Va., Trickett has strong ties in the Mountain State; he was an all-conference strong safety at Glenville and spent two separate stints as an assistant coach at West Virginia University.
Trickett, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, was the assistant head coach and offensive line coach under Rich Rodriguez from 2001-06. He has coached at Southern Mississippi, New Mexico, Memphis, Mississippi State, Auburn and LSU, and has coached four first-round NFL draft picks and six All-Americans -- all offensive linemen.
A source familiar with the search indicated Central Michigan Coach Butch Jones, Wake Forest defensive coordinator Brad Lambert and Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino as the other primary candidates for head gig at Marshall.
Snyder resigned Nov. 29 after compiling a 22-37 record in five seasons at his alma mater. The Thundering Herd finished 6-6 this season and earned an invitation to face Ohio in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26 at Ford Field in Detroit.
Marshall defensive coordinator Rick Minter has been named the interim coach for the bowl game.