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Arizona’s hiring of WVU DC Casteel close to a reality

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Before the ink had even dried on Rich Rodriguez‘s Arizona contract, the speculation commenced: Jeff Casteel would be leaving his defensive coordinator job at West Virginia and reuniting with his former boss in Tucson.

Reportedly, those rumors are about to become a reality.

In the midst of multiple reports that have surfaced since WVU’s evisceration of Clemson in the Orange Bowl Wednesday night, the Arizona Daily Star writes that “[s]ometime in the next 48 hours, the UA is expected to announce that it’s hired West Virginia’s Jeff Casteel as its new defensive coordinator.”  The Daily Star adds that Casteel is expected to bring at least one current but one unnamed WVU assistant with him.

Casteel was a member of Rodriguez’s first WVU coaching staff in 2001, but did not follow the coach when he left for Michigan.

As for a replacement for Casteel, a source close to the WVU program has informed CFT that former Miami Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon is the top target of the Mountaineers if/when Casteel leaves.  A source familiar with Shannon’s situation would only state that there’s a lot of interest in Shannon at the moment.

In addition to WVU, Shannon has been connected to coordinator jobs at Auburn and Tennessee.

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11 Responses to “Arizona’s hiring of WVU DC Casteel close to a reality”
  1. dirtyharry44 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:10 PM

    Uhhhh….Wilcox has already left Tennessee…….

  2. fitz66 says: Jan 5, 2012 4:14 PM

    New DC:

  3. John Taylor says: Jan 5, 2012 4:20 PM

    Brain flatulence. Writing Wilcox, thinking Steele leaving Clemson. Thanks for the slap upside the head.

  4. wvuandsteelers says: Jan 5, 2012 4:46 PM

    Randy Shannon would be nice, but I doubt he takes it.

    That Stewart guy that Fitz66 posted looks good as well. What defense does Houston run?

  5. fitz66 says: Jan 5, 2012 5:13 PM

    4-3 I think. Word is that its a done deal. Just waiting for the formal resignation from Casteel.

  6. latchbeam says: Jan 5, 2012 6:08 PM

    Why would Casteel move laterally to Arizona?! He must not get along with Holgerson’s discipline… Seems like a demotion moving to Arizona. Randy Shannon would be a great fit at WVU.

  7. fitz66 says: Jan 5, 2012 7:07 PM

    Hes moving because he feels that he’s being overlooked for HC jobs because of a perceived unbreakable alliance with WVU. There is no friction between him and Holgs.

    Forget Shannon. Its Stewart.

  8. stevephoenix says: Jan 5, 2012 11:49 PM

    Jeff Casteel is good as gone from little West Virgina. Like ESPN have said Casteel is leaving WV for greener pastures to Arizona. If WV wants Casteel so badly then pay him more than what UA is offering but even ESPN said that the strap economy of WV can’t compete with the likes of schools like UA. Plus why in the hell would Casteel be stick with hillbilly’s, incest, moonshining, grass smoking, drunks for the rest of his life. Sorry WV fans but Rich Rodriguez did it to you hillbilly’s once again. How do you say it back in hillbilly country to you guys in WV, yes it’s hee-haw to you guys.

  9. b4brizzle says: Jan 6, 2012 12:54 AM

    Steve I’ll overlook most of what you said because it’s pretty apparent that you are 14 or 15 years old.

    But when the Wildcats win three BCS bowls…..pleas shut up.

  10. goforthanddie says: Jan 6, 2012 4:47 AM


    They may be hillbillies, but they aren’t stuck with the loser Rodriguez. Where is he going again? Oh yeah-ARIZONA.
    You have fun with that.

  11. wvuandsteelers says: Jan 6, 2012 7:57 AM

    Here’s a little excerpt I found on Stewart before the season started. He runs a 3-4, so the D linemen we have should be fine. Irvin would have been a stud at 3-4 OLB. However, he seems to be a Wade Phillips disciple, so you know how his defenses are. Considering the Big 12 is a passing league, this should work out pretty well for WVU. Also, Stewart resigned from UH on Wednesday to “pursue other opportunities” so I think fitz66 is probably correct.

    The defense is led by coordinator Brian Stewart, who employs an aggressive 3-4 scheme. The defense is undersized, and relies on quickness and penetration.

    Some of you might remember Stewart from the Dallas Cowboys. He was the defensive coordinator who had his play calling duties removed before being fired by Wade Phillips in what was a last ditch effort on Phillips’ behalf to save his job. Despite the split, Stewart had been essentially hand picked by Phillips to run the Cowboys defense after coaching under Phillips in San Diego.

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