Casteel consistently declined to talk about the possibility and told the Charleston Daily Mail after the Orange Bowl victory, "You know what, I really don't want to get into all that. We should enjoy the win and worry about all those things as we keep going."
He began as WVU's defensive line coach in place of Kirelawich in 2001 and was moved to linebackers and promoted to co-defensive coordinator with Arizona State coach Todd Graham a year later. In 2003, he took over the coordinator's position. Casteel, a Paden City native who helped the Paden City High team to the 1979 Class A state title, was named the 2007 Rivals.com Defensive Coordinator of the Year.
Kirelawich has been at WVU since 1979 after spending the previous nine years as the head coach at Cardinal Brennan (Pa.) High. He was the defensive line coach from 1980-87, the outside linebackers coach from 1988-90, the line coach from 1991-2000, an administrative assistant from 2001-02 and then the line coach again since 2003. In 2010, Kirelawich was named the FootballScoop.com National Defensive Line Coach of the Year.
Lockwood played cornerback from 1985-88 at WVU and was a graduate assistant with the Mountaineers in 1989. He returned to WVU as the defensive backs coach in 2000 and then the cornerbacks coach in 2008.
Those three, as well as safeties coach Steve Dunlap, were retained when Holgorsen was hired by Luck in December 2010 and then made the head coach in June. Casteel signed a three-year contract. The others signed two-year deals. None of those contracts have buyouts, meaning Casteel, Kirelawich and Lockwood would owe WVU no money and WVU would owe them no money. If Dunalp is replaced, he'd be owed his 2012 salary.
Rodriguez previously hired Tony Gibson as his safeties coach. He worked with Casteel at WVU from 2001-07. Casteel and Kirelawich would also be reunited at Arizona with running backs coach Calvin Magee, quarterbacks coach Rod Smith and receivers coach Tony Dews.
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