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Jeff Casteel joining Rodriguez at Arizona

Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:44 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 7:45 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Since Rich Rodriguez was hired as the next head coach at Arizona, is has been widely speculated there would be some familiar faces joining him on the Wildcats' coaching staff. According to a report from the Tuscon Citizen, Rodriguez will announce West Virginia's Jeff Casteel as his defensive coordinator on Wednesday.

Rodriguez indicated in his introductory press conference that he would reach out to former colleagues to join him at Arizona, but did not know if they would be interested in leaving their current posts. Casteel was on Rodriguez's staff at West Virginia from 2001 to 2007, serving as defensive coordinator for the Mountaineers since 2002.

Casteel has reportedly been Rodriguez's top target since his hiring in late November. The defensive coordinator is a West Virginia-native, and his 3-3-5 scheme was a pivotal part of the Mountaineers' three BCS bowl wins since 2005.

Following West Virginia's record-breaking 70-33 win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Casteel dodged the questions regarding a potential reunion with Rodriguez in Tuscon.

"You know what I think, the kids have worked hard, they just won 10 games," Casteel said from the Sun Life Stadium locker room. "To put the emphasis on the speculation - I'd rather just focus on what I think the kids deserve and that's what the focus should be on."

Popular belief among the West Virginia media following the conclusion of the game was that Casteel was out, and it was just a matter of time before the announcement was official.'s Patrick Southern suggests that cornerbacks coach Dave Lockwood and defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich may follow Casteel, filling the last two defensive holes in Rodriguez's Arizona staff.

UPDATE: While the school hasn't issued an official release, we're guessing that by having Jeff Casteel on the school's website, it's now about as official as official can get.

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:38 am

Jeff Casteel joining Rodriguez at Arizona

You will probably never read this....but it's all about the money. RR was given VERY little money to hire assistants in AA, and the Casteel's contract would actually have been less than what he was getting at WVU. When RR left, Hoke was able to hire Mattison at twice the amount the RR had to hire a DC.

College football is a BUSINESS. It's about time you guys get that thru your thick heads. Coaches leave their dream jobs all the time especially if they are getting millions more

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:43 am

Jeff Casteel joining Rodriguez at Arizona

Good luck in your new endeavor Jeff Casteel.  Enjoyed having you at WVU but if your heart belongs with Rich Fraudriguez then you two deserve each other.  Why go back to him now, when you did not follow to Ann Arbor (is a whore) ?

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 11, 2012 3:37 am

Jeff Casteel joining Rodriguez at Arizona

" Jeff Casteel - Defensive Coordinator. Veteran defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel was appointed to take over Arizona's defense on Jan. 11. He'll also coach

otbl/mtt/casteel_jeff00.html "
  --from the UA website search engine

They must've been reading Chip's column and elected to take the article down. Not very savvy aboout dead links and such, though.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 11, 2012 1:10 am

Jeff Casteel joining Rodriguez at Arizona

I pressed on the Arizona Wildcats website right now & it says that there is no bio on Jeff Casteel or that he is hired, I'm I the only one that is getting nothing on this. Well if it is true that Casteel is Arizona bound then we will know Wednesday & if it is true then both UA & Rich Rodriguez won big in bringing Casteel to Tucson. I guess Rodriguez did it to little West Virgina once again.

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