By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jim Leavitt is among the names reportedly being mentioned as candidates for the vacant Rutgers Scarlet Knights head football coach position in 2020. Leavitt is presently serving as an Analyst for the Florida State Seminoles for the 2019 season.
The Scarlet Knights fired former head coach Chris Ash on Sunday. Under Ash’s leadership, the team went 8-32, including just 1-4 during his final campaign at the school.
Leavitt was born in Harlingen, Texas. The 62-year-old also attended Missouri University, where he played safety from 1974-1977.
Besides presently serving as an Analyst with the Seminoles, he was the Oregon Ducks Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach in 2017 and 2018. He also was the Colorado Buffaloes Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach in 2015 and 2016.
Leavitt also served as the San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach from 2011 through 2014.
He has previous college football head coaching experience, as he led the USF Bulls program from 1997 through 2009. As a college football head coach, he went 95-57, including 3-2 in Bowl games.
Before South Florida, he also was the Kansas State Wildcats Co-Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach from 1992 through 1995. He also served as the Wildcats Linebackers coach in 1990 and 1991.
In 1989, he was a Graduate Assistant with the Iowa Hawkeyes. He also was an intern with the Hawkeyes one year earlier.
He was the Morningside Mustangs Defensive Coordinator from 1983 through 1987. He also was the school’s Special Teams coach in 1982.
Leavitt also was the Dubuque Spartans Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach in 1980 and 1981. He began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant with the Missouri Tigers in 1978 and 1979.