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Oregon parts ways with defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Oregon and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt have mutually parted ways.

The two sides reached a financial settlement that will pay Leavitt $2.5 million, funded by private sources over multiple years, Oregon announced Thursday. The settlement would be less if he gets a new job.

Leavitt was under contract until 2021. He spent two seasons in Eugene after he was hired by former Ducks coach Willie Taggart

Oregon's total defense ranked third in the Pac-12 last season, allowing opponents an average of 427.2 yards a game. The Ducks allowed an average of 25.4 points per game to rank sixth in the Pac-12. Oregon finished 9-4.

Five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who was among Oregon's recent recruits, addressed the development on Twitter , posting: "The transfer portal hasn't even crossed my universe. Stop askin.'"

Leavitt, head coach at South Florida from 1997 to 2009, reportedly interviewed in the offseason for the head coach openings at Colorado, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

A national search is underway for a replacement.

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Updated February 14, 2019

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