Leavitt to remain Oregon's DC

Published Dec. 18, 2017

Former USF football coach Jim Leavitt isn't coming back to the state after all.

Leavitt will remain at Oregon as its defensive coordinator, a position that will earn him a cool $1.7 million annually, Sports Illustrated reported late Sunday. Leavitt was in the mix to follow former Ducks coach Willie Taggart to Florida State.

Leavitt will be one of the highest-paid coordinators in the country. LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is paid $1.8 million and Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is paid $1.7 million, according to a record of coaching salaries compiled by USA Today.

The Seminoles previously announced the hiring of former USF assistant (and Miami Central High) head coach Telly Lockette. He will coach tight ends. Oregon running backs coach Donte Pimpleton will follow Taggart to FSU, according to NBC Sports Northwest.

FROST HONORED: Scott Frost was named AP coach of the year after leading UCF to an unbeaten season and a Peach Bowl berth.

WASHINGTON ST.: Coach Mike Leach agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract extension.

Bulls win one, lose one

TAMPA — A bittersweet day for USF (6-6) ended with a 70-56 triumph against Northern Arizona, hours after the school announced 6-foot-8 freshman forward Alexis Yetna has been deemed ineligible this season by the NCAA.

The Bulls compensated for 18 turnovers with a mostly proficient shooting night before an announced 2,016 at the Sun Dome. USF finished 10-of-22 from 3-point range, hitting nine of their last 14 after a 1-of-8 start, and finished 50 percent from the floor (26-of-52) overall.

The Lumberjacks (2-10) went 4-of-23 from behind the arc (17.4 percent) en route to their third consecutive loss.

Bulls graduate transfer Payton Banks matched his season high with 23 points. Six-foot-10 senior Isaiah Manderson came off the bench for his first career double double (12 points, 10 rebounds).

Yetna, a 20-year-old Paris native who played for France's under-20 national team, can continue practicing with the Bulls. The NCAA determined Yetna's competition at a prep school in the second year after his high school graduation requires him to sit out his freshman season and forfeit that year of eligibility.

No. 24 FSU 69, Charleston Southern 58: Phil Cofer scored 19 and the host Seminoles (10-1) bounced back from their first loss.

NO. 2 MICH. ST. 107, HOUSTON BAPTIST 62: Miles Bridges matched his career high with 33 points, and the host Spartans (11-1) set a school record with 16 blocks in their 10th straight win.

FORT WAYNE 92, INDIANA 72: The Mastodons made 17 3-pointers to tie an Assembly Hall record by a visiting team and won their second straight over the Hoosiers (6-6).

WOMEN: Kalani Brown had 18 points and seven rebounds, and No. 6 Baylor (10-1) beat host Nicholls State 85-43. … Teana Muldrow scored 25 to lead No. 9 West Virginia (11-0) over visiting Morgan State 84-41.

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Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.