Former Oregon DC Jim Leavitt hired as SMU Defensive Coordinator

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Crack open a Pepsi because Jim Leavitt has found a new home in college football.

On Wednesday, the former Oregon Defensive Coordinator (2017 season) has been officially hired as the new Defensive Coordinator at SMU, replacing Kevin Kane who took a job at Illinois last week.

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Following Leavitt’s short stint in Eugene, Oregon, he was off the coaching map for roughly two seasons before getting hired as a defensive analyst at Florida State midway through the 2019 season under head coach - you guessed it - Willie Taggart.

Leavitt then followed Taggart to Florida Atlantic - after Taggart was fired from his “dream job” at FSU - for one season.

The Owls finished the 2020 season ranked fifth nationally in red zone defense (.696), 10th in scoring defense (17.4), 16th in pass defense (188.2 YPG) and 24th in total defense (342.8 YPG). FAU also finished with 25 sacks in just nine games.

Now, Leavitt will get another shot as Defensive Coordinator. 

Last season, the SMU Mustangs finished fifth in the American Athletic Conference with a 7-3 overall record and 4-3 in the AAC. However, the Mustangs defense gave up an average of 422.2 yards per game and 30.9 points per game in 10 games played last season.

Not sure if Dallas, Texas is a Coke or Pepsi town but for Leavitt’s sake, hopefully it’s the latter.