Report: Oregon re-signs defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt to 4-year deal

Oregon’s season came to an end Saturday with a disappointing 38-28 loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, a game that saw the Ducks offense struggle but its defense make several huge plays.

And it looks like the architect of that defense, coordinator Jim Leavitt, is sticking around for a little longer.

Leavitt joined Oregon this past year as part of Willie Taggart’s staff and his impact was immediate. The Ducks allowed 5.07 yards per play in 2017, down from 6.41 the season before, and their points allowed average dropped from a school-worst 41.4 per game to 29.0.

Oregon forced 25 turnovers this past season, more than double its 2016 tally (12), and had 4 defensive touchdowns. Two of those came in the Las Vegas Bowl, with linebacker Troy Dye scoring on an 86-yard fumble return and Tyree Robinson recording a 100-yard interception return in a 30-second span just before halftime.

Leavitt made $1.15 million in 2017, according to USA Today’s database of assistant coach salaries.

When Taggart left for Florida State in early December it was widely expected that Leavitt, who was head coach at South Florida from 1997-2009, would be following Taggart to Tallahassee to be the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator. Instead he’ll be running Oregon’s defense for new Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal in 2018 and beyond.

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