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Sonoran Hot Reads: Jeff Casteel hired as Nevada’s defensive coordinator

Did the Wildcats and Wolf Pack just trade linebacker coaches?

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After not coaching anywhere in 2016, former Arizona Wildcats defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel has found himself a new job. Jay Norvell, who took over as the Nevada Wolf Pack’s new head coach after leaving ASU, announced Casteel as his new defensive coordinator in Reno. Casteel was the defensive coordinator at Arizona for four years before being let go by Rich Rodriguez last offseason

- It’s kind of strange timing considering Arizona hired Scott Boone as its new linebackers coach on Monday. Boone was Nevada’s DC last year, so the two schools essentially just traded linebackers coaches

- Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette are doing the smart thing and skipping their bowl games


- After last week’s wins, the Wildcats moved up one spot to 18th in both major polls

- Arizona has really been missing Parker Jackson-Cartwright, but it’s possible that Tuesday’s game is the last one he misses

- Speaking of Tuesday, here’s our preview of New Mexico

- Sean Miller does not appear to be a fan of the one-and-done culture, although he’s obviously learned to embrace it

- Want some updates on some new potential one-and-done dudes? Ok


- Kevin Newman was named the Pirates’ 5th-best prospect by Baseball America

- Collegiate Baseball put out its preseason All-American teams, and there are no Wildcats to be found

Other sports

- Women’s basketball was crushed by Kansas on Saturday

- Volleyball finished 20th in the final AVCA Poll of the year, one spot behind the team they beat in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State

Tucson news

- A 3-year-old was shot by a 7-year-old at a home in Drexel Heights

- A potential half cent sales tax could be voted on next year to help with street and public safety needs

- There was an attic fire at Campbell and Glenn