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Updated: Jeff Casteel, three others introduced on RichRod’s staff

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UPDATED 1/11 @ 6:00 p.m. ET: Okay, now it’s official.

Arizona’s website has announced the hiring of Jeff Casteel as the new defensive coordinator, David Lockwood as defensive backs coach, Bill Kirelawich as defensive line coach and Spencer Leftwich as tight ends coach.

Leftwich comes to Arizona after coaching the offensive line at Pitt.

“I have enjoyed my time at West Virginia University, and it’s been 11 great years,” Casteel said. “I have coached some outstanding young men, and I would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication. I want to thank the coaches and staff members I have been associated with during my time at WVU for their work and support. The fans also have been great, and I want to thank them as well.”

“I want to thank our three departing defensive coaches for their more than 50 years of service to West Virginia University,” WVU athletic director Oliver Luck added. “They have been a part of much success and have left a lasting impact on our program and our student-athletes. Our football program will now move forward to fill our vacancies, and I am confident that Dana Holgorsen will bring in talented coaches that our players will continue to thrive under.”

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With the exception of an announcement from the school — which should be coming tomorrow, by the way – Jeff Casteel‘s move from West Virginia to Arizona has been made about as official as it can be.

The defensive coordinator of the Mountaineers for the last nine seasons, Casteel has now been listed in the same position on Arizona’s official website.

Rumored to be moving on from the Mountaineers for the past month or so when former WVU coach Rich Rodriguez took over the Wildcats, the Casteel-to-Arizona whispers took off in the past week after West Virginia dismantled Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl.

Although not official, it’s been reported that Casteel will take WVU cornerbacks coach Dave Lockwood and defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich with him to Tucson.

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17 Responses to “Updated: Jeff Casteel, three others introduced on RichRod’s staff”
  1. wvuandsteelers says: Jan 10, 2012 8:23 PM

    If you believe fitz66, Brian Stewart (formerly of the Houston Cougars and the Dallas Cowboys) will be his replacement. Good resume.

    Couple others I would like, but doubt we can get: Randy Shannon and Tom Bradley.

    Stewart is a 3-4 guy, which would seem to fit our present personnel better. Shannon and Bradley are 4-3 guys, but their names alone will get you the recruits.

    I’ve always liked Casteel and wish him well. However, you are siding with the most hated man in 2 states, so not too well.

  2. phelbin says: Jan 10, 2012 8:38 PM

    It’s a good day to be an Arizona Wildcat! Known to be a basketball school, we’re finally taking football seriously.

  3. mrslay1 says: Jan 10, 2012 8:54 PM

    Richrod shouldn’t have to much trouble winning in the P12 south. Recrutes are running out of so.cal as fast as they can and to UCLA. In a few years they will be your competition while Lame Wimpin destroys So.Cal. Good luck to the Wildcats, you have a great coach

  4. fitz66 says: Jan 10, 2012 9:42 PM

    I’m sticking with it. Too much smoke around Brian Stewart.

    http://www.eerinsider.com has gone so far as to say that they hired him already. Time will tell….

  5. csuxrr says: Jan 10, 2012 9:44 PM

    Randy Shannon would be fantastic.Alot of rumors linking him to the Vols though.One thing is for certain that I will be running the wildcats defensive playbook on NCAA 2013 or I will be lost.Good luck to the Wildcats and Coach Casteel.

  6. ofbcaas says: Jan 10, 2012 9:56 PM

    yeah but has it been put in Facebook yet…

  7. phelbin says: Jan 10, 2012 11:23 PM

    @mrslay1 – I’m not sure I understand how recrutes (sic) are “running out of Southern California to UCLA,” which stands for the University of California at LOS ANGELES. Are they just internally conflicted about getting away from, but then deciding to stay in SoCal?

    I’m no USC fan, but I think Lane Kiffin has done a pretty remarkable job, considering the NCAA beat-down. The final AP Poll has them at #6. And they very well could be preseason #1 next year.

    But this is an article about Arizona and Jeff Casteel, not USC. I’m excited my team has a real shot at being competitive in the Pac12 and nationally. Bear Down Arizona!!

  8. elm0helmet says: Jan 10, 2012 11:32 PM

    Bill Kirelawich? Wow. After 31 years of being on the sidelines at WVU it would be hard to picture the defensive coaching staff without him. Good luck to these guys if it’s true, but hate to seem them go. They’ve been great Mountaineers.

  9. stevephoenix says: Jan 11, 2012 1:26 AM

    Great move by both Arizona & Rich Rodriguez to bring Jeff Casteel as the new DC of UA & for Casteel leaving little West Virgina too. I guess Rodriguez did it to does hillbilly’s in WVU once again.

  10. phillyb6 says: Jan 11, 2012 10:19 AM

    If he’s going to leave now, why wouldn’t Casteel have gone to Michigan with RR? I might be a little naive I guess, but that one still kind of confuses me.

  11. fitz66 says: Jan 11, 2012 3:27 PM

    Recruits are being told its Stewart.

  12. nanonberg says: Jan 11, 2012 6:40 PM

    Re stevephoenix
    The first year of RR’s tenure at Michigan, UM fans referred to West Virginians as hillbillies, psycho ex-girlfriends and a whole lot worse. By the third year year, they were begging us to take him back. I just hope that Jeff Casteel (a real credit to our state) doesn’t get burned too badly by RR’s venture in the desert. WVU fans offer Jeff our sincere thanks and best wishes.

  13. indywvu says: Jan 11, 2012 8:09 PM

    Dear Steve,

    It seems rather dumb to make fun of West Virginia when you say “hillbilly’s.”

    I’m guessing you have no idea what I am talking about.

  14. drummerhoff says: Jan 11, 2012 8:18 PM

    JoeDeForest to WVU according to Channel 4 News in Oklahoma.

  15. thefiesty1 says: Jan 11, 2012 8:28 PM

    Guess he didn’t like the Stewart-Holgerson situation either but it was too late to be unemployed with RichRod until now.

  16. indywvu says: Jan 11, 2012 8:53 PM

    I heard awhile back that there was a good bit of dissention between Holgorsen and Casteel. This person has fed me a lot of info over the years and rarely has what they said not been confirmed at a later date.

    On another note, I’m not sure that the 3-3-5 was going to be anywhere close to as effective in the Big 12. This might be a move that in the end works out for both Arizona and WVU. I’d love to have Randy Shannon take the D for a couple of years but that’s probably a pipe dream.

    Look luck to Rod and all the coaches at Arizona. I’ll be watching.

  17. fitz66 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:57 AM

    Man I might be dead-ass wrong:

    “This is an interesting twist

    Published: January 12, 2012

    All along many have assumed that Brian Stewart would be the next defensive coordinator for Holgorsen, but that may not be the case.

    Tulsa World Journalist Dave Sittler just sent this out via Twitter:

    OU sources confirmed Brent Venables has been offered defensive coordinator job at West Virginia and Stoops is “fighting hard to keep him.”

    That tweet was followed up by these:
    OU sources: “Stoops has enlisted help of his AD and others to convince Brent to stay.” A decision could come later today.

    Stoops hasn’t responded to texts about Venables, sources indicated “the West Virginia deal is happening, and Brent has a decision to make.””

    Stay tuned as this gets very interesting!

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