Time and price right for Casteel

January, 13, 2012
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They held a family reunion in Tucson on Friday, as new Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez introduced his coordinators Calvin Magee and Jeff Casteel, both of whom coached with Rodriguez at West Virginia.

Casteel, 49, the Wildcats' new defensive coordinator, said the "time was right" to leave West Virginia. He also came at a good price for Arizona -- see this from the Arizona Daily Star:

Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel will make $425,000 annually at the UA with bonuses for making a bowl game, less than he was set to make at West Virginia in 2012. Casteel was paid $400,000 at the school last season, when the Mountaineers defeated Clemson in the Orange Bowl. He was due for a $50,000 raise in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as part of a multi-year deal.


Casteel, like Rodriguez, is a native of West Virginia. He coached at West Virginia 11 years -- nine as defensive coordinator -- and seven working with Rodriguez.

“I thought the opportunity to leave West Virginia, this was the right time to do it and embark on another challenge,” Casteel said during a press conference Friday with Rodriguez and Magee.

Casteel not only will bring his 3-3-5 defense, he also will bring much of the staff who coached it for him at West Virginia: defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich (who had been at West Virginia for 32 years) and secondary coach David Lockwood. Secondary coach Tony Gibson, another West Virginia native who was at Pittsburgh last year, was at West Virginia from 2001-07. Gibson followed Rodriguez to Michigan while the others didn't.

"We're back together as a family," Magee said.

More here from the Tucson Citizen.

Some nice perspective here from the West Virginia side of things.

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