OSU football: Assistant coach Joe DeForest being pursued by Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia

by Gina Mizell Modified: January 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm •  Published: January 10, 2012
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STILLWATER — Oklahoma State assistant coach Joe DeForest is being pursued by West Virginia for a job on the defensive staff, a source told The Oklahoman Tuesday night.

As first reported in the Tulsa World, DeForest is being considered for the Mountaineers' defensive coordinator position.

The Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen reported Tuesday that current WVU defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel will take the same position at Arizona under former Mountaineer coach Rich Rodriguez. That announcement will come on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Tucson Citizen.

If he leaves for WVU, DeForest will be reunited with Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen, who was the offensive coordinator at OSU in 2010.

DeForest, who is OSU's associate head coach, special teams coordinator and safeties coach, has been a member of the Cowboy coaching staff since 2001. He's also one of the program's top recruiters, particularly in Houston area.

DeForest has coached the 2008 Ray Guy award winner in Matt Fodge, the 2010 Lou Groza award winner Dan Bailey and three Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year Award winners in Dez Bryant (2008), Bailey (2010) and Quinn Sharp (2011).

DeForest interviewed for the head-coaching position at Houston last month.


by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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