MORGANTOWN - After more than a month of speculation on the fate of the man who is now West Virginia's former defensive coordinator, don't expect anything close to that before WVU's new defensive boss is hired.
In fact, if it takes more than a few days - or less - to iron out replacements, that would be surprising. At least one, Oklahoma State assistant Joe DeForest, already appears to be in the fold.
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was working on the matter well before he lost three of his four defensive coaches. Wednesday's press release from the University of Arizona announcing that new coach Rich Rodriguez had managed to steer Jeff Casteel, Bill Kirelawich and David Lockwood to the desert was merely the official end of that part of the process.
Where Holgorsen turns for replacements for the three now quickly becomes the topic.
"I wouldn't expect it to take too long,'' said a source close to the football program. "For starters, you can't go long without a full staff during [the three weeks remaining until national signing day]. And it's not like he didn't suspect that he would be hiring someone.''
Indeed, before Casteel and the others even resigned, word from Oklahoma was that Holgorsen was reaching back to his Oklahoma State ties and courting DeForest, OSU's special teams and safeties coach.
At least two reports out of Oklahoma Wednesday night said DeForest had already resigned at OSU.
If he is, indeed, headed to Morgantown, WVU officials won't announce it until the formalities of background checks and such are completed.
DeForest would likely come on board as Casteel's replacement as defensive coordinator or perhaps as a co-coordinator. It would be a stretch to think DeForest would be attracted to WVU simply as a position coach, given that his salary at OSU last year was $400,000.
DeForest also has a reputation as a top recruiter in Texas, and his special teams have been highly thought of for years. And the Mountaineers could use any help they can get with special teams that have been erratic, at best, in recent years.
His name is not the only one that has surfaced, though. Houston defensive coordinator Brian Stewart resigned his job there last week, which immediately fueled speculation that he might be headed to WVU. But while Stewart has solid credentials, including a long NFL resume that includes a stint as the defensive coordinator off the Dallas Cowboys, he has no apparent ties to Holgorsen. That doesn't disqualify him, of course, but it also doesn't make him a sure thing for the position.