Leavitt leaves FSU staff

Florida State assistant coach Jim Leavitt is no longer with the program, according to multiple reports.

An FSU spokesperson confirmed the report to the Osceola.

Leavitt was brought in by former head coach Willie Taggart after the ULM game in September to try and help speed up the transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

The former USF head coach started working with the football program as a defensive analyst but was promoted to an on-the-field role by interim head coach Odell Haggins upon his being named as the temporary replacement for Taggart.

Leavitt’s departure is yet another sign that FSU is nearing an end to its coaching search. He is the second coach to leave prior to the end of the season. Recruiting coordinator David Kelly was relieved of his duties shortly after Haggins’ took over the team.

FSU would be able to promote another analyst to coach ahead of the bowl practices, and one potential option is Stanford Samuels III. The Seminoles will find out their bowl opponent and destination on Sunday.


  1. Dan Densmore Reply

    Well that is not a good thing. FSU better open their pockets deep for a defensive coordinator because MSU’s defense is uber-suck.

    • Patrick Burnham Reply

      Jim is a very good coach but the new coach should be allowed to bring in his own staff. I am sure the new coach will bring in very good coordinators. If the candidates for the Coordinator positions believe in the who FSU hires you will have a line out the door for those spots.

  2. Dan Densmore Reply

    I hear ya….if he brings in his defensive staff…..

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