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New Oregon Coach Has Crazy Contract Stipulation

Oregon DC Jim Leavitt's contract has an interesting loophole.

Jim Leavitt was hired as Oregon's defensive coordinator just a few weeks ago. Details about his contract have been released, and involves and interesting stipulation.

Leavitt can leave Oregon to become the head coach at Kansas State with no buyout necessary.

From The Wichita Eagle:

According to his contract, he would owe Oregon $500,000 if he leaves for any other job before Jan. 31, 2018 and $250,000 for any other job after that date but before Jan. 31, 2020. But “should he voluntarily terminate this agreement to become the head football coach at Kansas State University” his buyout would disappear.

Leavitt coached at K-State as the linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator under current head coach Bill Snyder from 1990-95. Most recently, Leavitt was the defensive coordinator for the Colorado Buffaloes.

Under Leavitt's care this year, Colorado had a stellar defensive season. The Buffaloes finished the 2016 season ranked in the top-20 in both yards allowed per game and points allowed per game.

Oregon made Leavitt one of the top-paid coordinators in college football, and will pay him $1.15 million in salary.