TAMPA — Junior quarterback Clint Trickett is graduating in May, then will transfer during the summer, Florida State announced Wednesday.
And USF, still determining a starter for Willie Taggart's first season as coach, is among the schools reportedly high on his list for his final two seasons of eligibility.
Trickett, who as a graduate transfer will be eligible to play in the fall, has USF and West Virginia among his top choices, according to warchant.com, a website owned by Yahoo that reports on FSU athletics. Bulls247.com, owned by recruiting website 247sports, reported the finalists are USF, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Trickett considered USF coming out of Tallahassee's North Florida Christian. He also was recruited by Stanford when Taggart was an assistant there.
USF saw senior Bobby Eveld and sophomore Matt Floyd competing this spring. But neither dominated during Saturday's spring game. Floyd threw two touchdowns but fumbled four snaps (losing three).
Playing behind Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel for three years in Tallahassee, Trickett started two games, both in 2011. He had 947 passing yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
Trickett went 22-of-32 for 259 yards in Saturday's spring game, but redshirt freshman Jameis Winston established himself as the front-runner. Sophomore Jacob Coker also is in the mix.
"I had a good time here at Florida State and want to thank everyone for being so good to me," Trickett said in the school's release. "I'll always be part of the FSU alumni."
Florida: Jeff Choate, a 21-year coaching veteran who served on the same Boise State staff as current offensive coordinator Brent Pease, was hired as special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach. Choate was linebackers coach at Washington State in 2012 and defensive coordinator at UTEP this spring. He spent six seasons coaching special teams at Boise State. Choate developed a relationship with Will Muschamp while the Gator coach was an assistant at Texas. Choate visited, and they talked about schemes. He visited Muschamp in Gainesville last spring.
Basketball: Michigan star declares for draft
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan's Tim Hardaway is skipping his senior season to enter the NBA. The guard averaged 14.5 points in leading the Wolverines to the Final Four. Michigan guard Trey Burke, the Associated Press national player of the year, has declared for the draft. There has been no announcement on the futures of freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson.
New FGCU coach: Florida Gulf Coast hired Kansas assistant Joe Dooley as coach. He replaces Andy Enfield, who took over at USC after leading the Eagles to the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed. Dooley, who spent the past 10 seasons at Kansas, received a five-year deal and will make $225,000 at FGCU, according to documents obtained by the Fort Myers News-Press; Enfield made $157,500 last season. Dooley made $234,000 last season at KU, the newspaper reported.
Cincinnati: Coach Mick Cronin agreed to a one-year extension through 2017-18. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Oklahoma St.: Point guard Marcus Smart, the Big 12 player of the year, said he will return for his sophomore season. Analysts said Smart likely would have been a top-five draft pick.
Softball: East Lake High grad Alyssa Bache allowed two hits and Taylor Schwarz hit a two-run homer as visiting Florida beat FSU 8-0 in a game ended after five innings by the mercy rule. It was the 11th consecutive win for Florida (42-5), No. 3 in the coaches poll, over FSU (34-15).
Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.