Jeff Casteel Reunited With Rich Rodriguez, Named Arizona's Defensive Coordinator

There were reports that West Virginia defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel was going to reunite with his former boss, the now head coach of the Arizona Wildcats Rich Rodriquez. The report would seemingly be true given the fact that Casteel now has a bio page on the Wildcats official website. Interestingly enough, this line in his bio is from the future:

Veteran defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel was appointed to take over Arizona's defense on Jan. 11. He'll also coach linebackers in the second level of UA's scheme.

While Casteel has a bio on the team's website, there has not been an announcement or confirmation from the school. In fact West Virginia spokesperson Mike Montero would not confirm that Casteel had already quit to take the Arizona position. "As far as I know, he hasn't taken a job anywhere," Montoro told the Arizona Daily Star. "I haven't been told anything. As far as I know, he's still our defensive coordinator."

Casteel had worked at West Virginia since the 2001 season, starting as the defensive line coach and taking over as the defensive coordinator in 2003. Casteel is known for using his 3-3-5 defensive scheme, which utilizes three down lineman and at least five defensive backs.

It is expected that Arizona will make a formal announcement "at the end of the day" according to the Arizona Daily Star.

For more updates on Rich Rod's Cats, keep a close eye on Wildcats blog Arizona Desert Swarm and SB Nation Arizona. Here's our 2011 College Football Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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