But Trickett apparently had a relationship with another Saban, as well.
"His daughter (Kristen) was my first kiss back in the day," Trickett said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
That revelation could turn into a bit of bulletin-board fodder as Trickett's Mountaineers open against Saban's Crimson Tide in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Saturday.
"So yeah ... I don't know if I should have said that," Trickett said. "She's actually engaged now."
Trickett quickly added: "For clarification, we were like 6 years old! Just so everyone knows that."
Trickett has a long history with the Sabans. His father, Rick, who is currently the offensive line coach at Florida State, coached under Saban at LSU in 2000.
Trickett's brother, Travis, who is now at Samford, was a graduate assistant for Saban at Alabama in 2007.
"Coach Nick is one of the greatest there is," Trickett said. "We've known him for years; family friends and just one of the best coaches out there."