A major college football program’s defensive coordinator is reportedly moving on from his team. According to a report from 247Sports, Oregon defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is leaving the Ducks football program for an unknown reason.
The reports suggests head coach Mario Cristobal will promote co-defensive coordinator Keith Heyward to defensive coordinator. Heyward spent the 2017 season as the team’s safeties coach before his promotion to co-defensive coordinator for the 2018 season.
As for Leavitt, he was hired by former Oregon head coach Willie Taggart ahead of the 2017 college football season. After Taggart left for Florida State, he attempted to lure Leavitt with him to coach the Seminoles, but Leavitt decided to stay in the Pac-12.
Now it looks like he’ll be in search of a new opportunity.
BREAKING: According to multiple sources, Defensive Coordinator Jim Leavitt is moving on from Oregon. Oregon is expected to promote its new DC from within the program. https://t.co/A77MZsP0QN
— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) February 14, 2019
Rumors of Leavitt’s long term future with the Ducks came into question after Cristobal took over as the team’s head coach.
After leading the Oregon defense in 2018, Leavitt will be on his way out as Cristobal takes full control of his staff at the university.
The longtime South Florida head coach could look to get back into coaching a Group of Five program or perhaps take his talents to one of the developing professional leagues.
Stay tuned for an official announcement from the team.