What Willie Taggart hiring Jim Leavitt at FSU means for Noles

Willie Taggart has a problem with his defense. And he is turning to an old friend to fix it. According toThe Athletic‘s Bruce Feldman, Taggart is adding Jim Leavitt to his extended FSU football staff. Specifically, Leavitt will take on a defensive analyst role with the Seminoles.

Leavitt served as Taggart’s defensive coordinator during the latter’s lone season as the head football coach at Oregon in 2017. He remained for one season after Mario Cristobal took over for Taggart before being let go in February.

The head coach at South Florida from 1997-2009, Leavitt’s was fired from the Bulls for what some considered to be a much too abrasive way of coaching.  In February of 2015, Leavitt was namce DC at Colorado and spent two seasons with the Buffaloes before heading to Oregon.