BREAKING: FSU Allegedly to Hire Jim Leavitt

The defensive staff is getting some help.

According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Florida State is expected to add Jim Leavitt to the defensive coaching staff as a defensive analyst.

Leavitt has spent time with Head Coach Willie Taggart during the 2017 season at Oregon, and Taggart initially wanted to bring Leavitt with hi to Tallahassee as Defensive Coordinator. The buyout of $1.7 million was too rich for Florida State, so Taggart brought in Harlon Barnett as the Defensive Coordinator instead. Leavitt was not brought back by Oregon coach Mario Cristobal following the 2018 season.

Leavitt has experience running the 3-4 defense, which FSU has made the switch to this past offseason, and results have been rough to start. The Seminoles have blown big leads against both Boise State and Louisiana-Monroe, with the defense allowing 36 and 37 (Blackman threw a Pick-6) points each game, respectively. Barnett had no prior experience running a 3-4 scheme before this season, so adding experience to Barnett’s staff can only help the defense. Credit Coach Taggart for not waiting around while his defense continues to struggle, and getting some help on that side of a ball.

Because of his role, Leavitt will have limited access to what he can do with the players, so this seems to be more of an oversight position to help smooth the transition from 4-3 to 3-4.

Prior to his time at Oregon, Leavitt spent time as the Defensive Coordinator of Colorado (2015-2016), Linebackers Coach with the San Fransisco 49ers (2011-2014), Head Coach of the University of South Florida (1997-2009), and the Co-Defensive Coordinator of Kansas State (1992-1995).


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