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Dickey back at FSU as quarterback coach


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 12, 2001

For a history buff like Florida State coach Bobby Bowden, it's only appropriate that he should reach into the past to carry the Seminoles' proud quarterback tradition into the future.

Daryl Dickey, who first came to FSU as a graduate assistant to coach quarterbacks when Mark Richt left for East Carolina in 1989, was hired Thursday to tutor the quarterbacks and again replace, at least in part, Richt.

"I told our staff, I always keep a list of guys I'd hire if I were to lose one them and Daryl is one I've always had in the back of my mind if I lost Mark; he'd be the first I'd go to," Bowden said. "I had a short list of three people and I had him at the top. I went right down the list. ... He was the first guy I talked to. He was the first guy I offered. He accepted and I'm very happy about it."

Dickey, 39, a former quarterback at Tennessee who led the Volunteers to a resounding Sugar Bowl win against Miami in 1986, had been coach at Division II Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., the past four years. His team enjoyed its best record (8-2) since 1979 this season thanks largely to a shotgun, multiple-receiver attack.

Sound familiar?

"I began cutting my teeth on (it) at Florida State back when I was there the first time," said Dickey, who also had stints as the quarterback coach and/or offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Kentucky and Georgia Southern.

As was the case in 1989 at FSU, Dickey's most apt pupil -- either redshirt junior Jared Jones or redshirt freshman Chris Rix -- will be making his debut as a starter. Back then, it was Peter Tom Willis, who threw for 3,124 yards and 20 touchdowns.

"I thought he was a perfect coach for me," Willis said.

Although Bowden said he won't tackle his offensive coordinator vacancy until he returns from the Jan. 20 Hula Bowl, he seemingly will have to promote from within.

The NCAA limits Division I-A football teams to nine full-time assistants and, with tight end/recruiting coordinator John Lilly's announcement Thursday that he's staying, Dickey is the ninth.

"I cannot wait to get to Tallahassee and begin work," Dickey said.

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