Wildcats nearing defensive coordinator hire

Jan 9, 2012, 7:48 PM | Updated: 7:53 pm

Jeff Casteel could be on his way to Tucson in the
near future.

Speculation is rising that
Jeff Casteel will rejoin Rich Rodriguez at Arizona.
Casteel was Rodriguez’s defensive coordinator at West
Virginia for all seven years of Rich Rod’s tenure with
the Mountaineers.

In 2007 Rodriguez took the head coaching job at Michigan
and it was believed that Casteel was going with him,
but Casteel ended up staying in West Virginia, where he’s
coached the last four seasons.

Without Casteel at Michigan, Rodriguez went through two
defensive coordinators in the three years. It seems that
without Casteel Rodriguez’s defenses are mediocre,
especially in 2010 when Michigan was last in the Big 10 in
scoring defense.

So, it comes as no surprise that the biggest issue with a
Rodriguez-coached team is defense, but hiring Casteel
would go a long way to alleviate those concerns.

Casteel, a native of West Virginia, runs a 3-3-5 defense
that emphasizes speed over size, which may be just what
Arizona needs to contend in the Pac-12.

Penguin Air

Arizona Football

UCLA plays Oregon during a Pac-12 NCAA college football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., ...
Arizona Sports

UCLA, USC to leave Pac-12 for Big Ten in 2024

UCLA and USC will be leaving the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, beginning in the 2024-25 season, the two schools confirmed on Thursday evening.
24 hours ago
Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up prior to a game against the Carolina Panthe...
Arizona Sports

Wildcat product, Tampa Bay TE Rob Gronkowski announces 2nd retirement

Buccaneers tight end and Arizona Wildcat product Rob Gronkowski announced Tuesday that he will walk away from the NFL for the second time.
10 days ago
In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, the Pac-12 logo is displayed on the field at Sun Devil Stadium d...
Nikash Nath

Athlon Sports’ 2022 All-Pac-12 teams include 9 Sun Devils, 7 Wildcats

The college football season kicks off in just more than two months. Athlon Sports' Steve Lassan released the All-Pac-12 teams.
14 days ago
(Twitter Photo/@arian_parish)...
Jake Anderson

Arizona Wildcats football receives commitment from 3-star DB Arian Parish

The Arizona Wildcats football team received another three-star recruit for the class of 2023 on Friday in DB Arian Parish.
21 days ago
Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Davonte' Neal #19 runs upfield during the first half of the Pac-12 c...
Kellan Olson

Former Wildcats WR/CB DaVonte’ Neal charged with 1st-degree murder

Former Arizona Wildcats wide receiver and cornerback DaVonte' Neal has been charged with felony first-degree murder in Arizona.
28 days ago
Head coach Jedd Fisch of the Arizona Wildcats reacts on the sidelines during the first half against...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Wildcats football future non-conference games

Arizona coach Jedd Fisch continues to build the program as the Wildcats have a handful of non-conference Power Five matchups down the road.
1 month ago
Wildcats nearing defensive coordinator hire