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Oklahoma State assistant moving on to WVU

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West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen doesn’t appear to be wasting any time picking up a new assistant coach with the expected departure of Jeff Casteel to Arizona finally coming to fruition today.

Oklahoma State associate head coach, special-teams coordinator and safeties coach Joe DeForest has confirmed to the Tulsa World that he has submitted his resignation to coach Mike Gundy and will join West Virginia’s coaching staff. Holgorsen, of course, came to West Virginia after one year with the Cowboys as their offensive coordinator.

In what official capacity DeForest will join — the TW reports it could be as defensive coordinator or co-defensive coordinator — hasn’t been revealed. That announcement is expected Thursday or Friday.

The TW reported earlier Wednesday that DeForest was a candidate for the job.

“It’s always hard to say goodbye,” DeForest told the Tulsa World. “No one ever wants change. Do I want to leave? No, but I have to leave. I have to leave for my family and my career. I’m just trying to advance my career.

“Mike Gundy has been good to me. If it wasn’t for Mike Gundy and (OSU athletic director) Mike Holder, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

DeForest won’t be the only new hire for Holgorsen. WVU cornerbacks coach David Lockwood and defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich joined Casteel at Arizona. Only safeties coach Steve Dunlap remained in Morgantown.

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3 Responses to “Oklahoma State assistant moving on to WVU”
  1. indywvu says: Jan 12, 2012 7:55 AM

    I’m not too thrilled by this, but I suppose I will trust in HCDH.

  2. stevephoenix says: Jan 12, 2012 2:27 PM

    West Virgina HC Dana Holgorsen will go after Oklahoma State DC Joe DeForest as there new DC to take over for the great Jeff Casteel, really WVU. DeForest has not done a great job as DC of OSU especially this season where they were one of the worst defenses of all the BSC teams & in the Big 12 too. What happened WVU fans to former Houston’s DC Brian Stewart where you fools thought for sure he would take the job well guess what, no way in hell he would take over little WVU job. Good luck WVU with DeForest, really fools. You hillbilly’s should have paid more for Casteel to stay but then again Casteel would be a fool to stay at hee-haw land with you hillbilly’s for even one more miserably season in which you WVU will be having once you guys join a good conference for once in your live’s in the Big 12 you incest hillbilly’s.

  3. indywvu says: Jan 12, 2012 8:04 PM

    Oh Steve, you amuse me. You continue to make fun of West Virginia, yet you continue to type “hillbilly’s.” Then, you say “for once in your live’s.” Did you actually graduate middle school?

    Not really sure what your problem is. Maybe it’s still living with your parents, I don’t know…

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