DeForest, who also held the title of associate head coach at Oklahoma State, is best known for his recruiting abilities in the Houston area and for his work with the Cowboys' special teams. West Virginia could use both with the upcoming move to the Big 12 and a recent history of erratic special teams play.
One of the reasons DeForest's exact position at West Virginia isn't known likely relates to Holgorsen's other targets, including Venables. There is speculation the two could be co-coordinators.
The reason Venables is available is that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is in the process of rehiring his brother, Mike. Mike Stoops was OU's defensive coordinator before he became the head coach at Arizona. He was fired there in November and replaced by Rodriguez.
With Mike Stoops back at Oklahoma, it isn't clear how that would work as it relates to Venables, who took over as the school's defensive coordinator when Mike Stoops left for Arizona. And while ultimately coexisting might not be an issue, apparently Venables is taking the opportunity to explore his options. His name had been in the mix at Auburn before that school hired Brian VanGorder of the Atlanta Falcons.
Holgorsen has known both DeForest and Venables for years, although he has only coached with one of them, DeForest, for one year when he was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State in 2010.
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