MORGANTOWN -- Maybe it's just the way things have been around here and the way people seek to keep them, but an offseason at West Virginia can't happen without some sort of a dispute.
Yet for the life of me, I can't find the controversy in what happened to the Mountaineers on Wednesday. In fact, the expected reaction is more celebration than calamity.
True, WVU lost its defensive coordinator and its longtime defensive line coach and its cornerbacks coach to another school.
And as much as that might bother people, especially on the heels of the sort of victory that would anchor people to the Mountaineers, it has to hurt more that Jeff Casteel, Bill Kirelawich and David Lockwood left for Rich Rodriguez's new program at Arizona.
Beyond the sobering fact WVU is going to have to basically rebuild half of its coaching staff for a second straight season because a familiar foe extended his hand, it's hard to see anything surprising or stinging about this situation.
Honestly, none of that is truly shocking. Not if you've been paying attention.
Still, the Mountaineers just scored the most points anyone has ever scored in a bowl, so the timing in losing three defensive assistants softens the blow. The complaints and criticisms of the past several seasons would even suggest a large portion of WVU fans would be relieved Casteel is gone and has taken his 3-3-5 with him to be replaced perhaps by a guy like Joe DeForest, who has been at Oklahoma State for 11 years and who has worked in a 4-3 system for a long time.
DeForest told the Tulsa World Wednesday night that he is joining Holgorsen's staff at WVU.
All of that aside, you had to see this day coming. Rodriguez was hired Nov. 22.
He quickly filled positions and rounded up most of the old gang, with two notable exceptions. He never hired a defensive coordinator. Casteel never disassociated himself from the possibility, despite consistent and persistent opportunities afforded by the reporters who cover the team.
Those same people saw something else. Casteel seemed to be taking a victory lap the last few weeks he was with the team. For a guy who wouldn't talk about his future, he talked a lot about his past. Old wins, former players, previous bowls, even the state championship he won with Paden City High in 1979.
Only the Dragons knew they'd play with a backup quarterback and they'd sneak inside the gymnasium to covertly install the single wing without telling anyone, not even their parents. Casteel delighted in telling that story.
It was subtle stuff from an otherwise private guy, but the rest of it was obvious. Asked during the days before the bowl about the relationship between Casteel and Coach Dana Holgorsen, one person said, "They'd have to talk to have a relationship."
On one hand, you had to ask because there were no public signs that the two might not get along, but on the other hand, you didn't have to have someone tell you that to know this was a weird situation that was difficult to navigate.
Casteel was Bill Stewart's guy after he was Rodriguez's guy and, don't forget, Holgorsen wasn't supposed to take over until now.