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From Colorado now to Oregon, defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt’s new contract has K-State ties

Leavitt, a former K-State assistant, has an intriguing clause in his new Oregon contract

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Jim Leavitt just agreed to become the defensive coordinator at Oregon, but his new contract features an interesting stipulation.

Via Kellis Robinett at the Eagle, he won’t be required to pay the school any portion of his buyout if he leaves to become the head coach at Kansas State.

If Leavitt left the Oregon job before Jan. 31, 2018, he would owe Oregon $500,000, and $250,000 if he left for another school before Jan. 31, 2020, but there would be no buyout “should he voluntarily terminate this agreement to become the head football coach at Kansas State University.”

This is likely because Leavitt served as K-State assistant from 1990-95, and he evidently has his eye on K-State head coach Bill Snyder’s status in Manhattan.

We still expect Snyder to last till 2050, but this is an interesting development nonetheless.