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FSU football promotes Jim Leavitt

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More experience on the sideline.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 NC State at Florida State Photo by Logan Stanford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Having fired Willie Taggart on Sunday, Florida State is in the midst of searching for its new head coach, but that certainly won’t be the only change made to the FSU staff. Several assistant coaches will likely be shown the door as well— but Jim Leavitt has just been shown the field.

Taggart’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Oregon, Leavitt was hired on as an analyst after the first two games of the 2019 season, in which the ’Noles allowed 36 points to Boise State and 44 to Louisiana-Monroe. Below, find the release from Florida State announcing Leavitt’s promotion.

Jim Leavitt will fill the Seminoles’ vacant countable coaching role as an assistant on the defensive side of the ball, interim head coach Odell Haggins announced Tuesday.

The NCAA permits each team to have 11 countable coaches, including the head coach. Those coaches are the only staff members permitted to recruit off-campus and, along with four graduate assistants, to provide on-field instruction.