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Jim Leavitt has an $80,000 salary as FSU football analyst

The former USF coach’s contract runs through Aug. 7.
Then-USF coach Jim Leavitt argues a call with referees against the University of Central Florida during the third quarter  of the NCAA college football game at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, September 6, 2008. USF won 31-24. (Times file) [Tampa Bay Times]
Then-USF coach Jim Leavitt argues a call with referees against the University of Central Florida during the third quarter of the NCAA college football game at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, September 6, 2008. USF won 31-24. (Times file) [Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 18, 2019

Former USF coach Jim Leavitt will have an annual salary of $80,000 as an analyst at Florida State, according to his contract, which the Tampa Bay Times received Wednesday through an open-records request.

The Seminoles hired Leavitt last week to help fix a defense that has struggled through the first part of the season. FSU’s defense ranks No. 93 nationally in the SP+ advanced metrics, 80th in yards per play allowed and fourth-to-last in fourth quarter scoring.

Leavitt’s contract runs through Aug. 7. He previously served as the defensive coordinator Willie Taggart at Oregon.

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