Patrick Ghidossi,

Leavitt Leaving Colorado's Staff to Become Oregon's New Defensive Coordinator

After two seasons in Boulder, Jim Leavitt is headed to Eugene to try to rebuild Oregon's defense... has been able to confirm a report by FOX Sports that Leavitt accepted the Ducks' offer, which will make him the highest paid coordinator in Pac-12 history.

Leavitt later hinted at his decision to leave Boulder on Twitter:

Leavitt was in line for a raise had he stayed on staff at Colorado, but the Buffs would not have been able to match Oregon's rich offer. has learned Leavitt is set to earn $4.8 million from Oregon over four years. No assistant coach in the conference made more than $760,000 last year, according to USA Today. Although, Stanford and USC do not disclose how much it pays its coaches.

Leavitt also reportedly interviewed at Ole Miss for its defensive coordinator opening earlier this month.

Colorado ranked 116th nationally in scoring defense in 2014 before Leavitt's arrival in Boulder. The Buffs improved to No. 70 in the category in 2015 and jumped all the way up to No. 18 in scoring defense this year.

Leavitt was the primary recruiter for one of the Buffaloes' current verbal commitments, Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter linebacker Carson Wells. will have more on this developing story later, as well as coverage of Colorado's search for Leavitt's replacement.

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