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Five off-the-beaten-path storylines of NAU Lumberjacks at Arizona Wildcats

[tps_title]NAU’s staff solidarity much like Arizona’s[/tps_title]

Anthony Gimino of published a story this week about Arizona’s unique relationship among its staff members.

Arizona coaches from Rich Rodriguez’s first staff 14 years ago at West Virginia:

— Running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator Calvin Magee

— Defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel

— Cornerbacks coach David Lockwood

— Receivers coach Tony Dews

— Defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich

“I have to use two words,” Magee told Gimino about their bond. “Close and loyal.”

NAU’s Jerome Souers, in his 18th year as the Lumberjacks’ coach, also has a staff that has been together a long time.

The list reads:

— Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Andy Thompson (11 years at NAU)

— Safeties/special teams coach David Reeves (seven years)

— Tight ends/fullbacks/recruiting coordinator Craig Knoth (10 years)

— Running backs coach Jimmy Beal (six years)

— Defensive line coach Travis Baker (five years)

Is it any wonder NAU is 2-0 and ranked No. 24 in the FCS Top 25?

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