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Leavitt leaving Colorado for an alleged 4-year deal.

Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports is reporting that Colorado defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt has agreed to a deal with Oregon to become the next defensive coordinator and the first hire by Willie Taggart. Leavitt, like Taggart is a former South Florida head coached and faced the Ducks while at USF in the 2007 Sun Bowl that Oregon won, 56-21.

With hiring of  Leavitt the Ducks get one of the best defensive minds in college football. While at Colorado, the Buffaloes turned a program that was giving up 461 yards a game in 2014, to 416 yards in 2015 and then 328 yards in 2016. This compares to Oregon giving up 427 yards in 2014, 485 yards in 2015 and 518 yards in 2016.

Taggart was hired by the Ducks a week ago, and has been a one-man-band for the last few days contacting recruits, and even took two recruiting trips to Hawaii and California before the recruiting dead period started on Monday.

One of Oregon's prized recruits of the 2017 class, US Army All-American Rutger Reitmaier told The Oregonian that Leavitt's hire was "awesome." Reitmaier has indicated he will enroll at Oregon for Winter Term starting in January.

While exact details of the contract are yet unknown as the University of Oregon has yet to confirm the hiring, however, many believe Leavitt will become the highest paid assistant coach in the conference and one of the highest paid assistants in the nation at over $1 million per year.

Colorado will face Okalahoma State in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Dec. 29, though defensive backs coach Jim Tumpkin will assume the defensive coordinator duties for the bowl game.

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