Autzen Stadium from the south side before the Oregon Ducks against the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon lost to Washington State 55-16. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)The Oregon Ducks made a major staff announcement this week. After plenty of speculation about defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt’s future, the team has decided on his future.On Thursday, the team announced that they had mutually parted ways with Leavitt. In a statement from the team, the school announced that it would be buying out his remaining contract, worth $2.5 million.Originally hired by former Oregon head coach Willie Taggart in 2017, Leavitt was retained by new head coach Mario Cristobal in 2018. In his first year at the helm of the defense, Leavitt improved the defense from 126th the year before to 82nd in 2017.Under his watch, the Ducks saw some defensive improvement in 2018, but still allowed 21 points or more in all but three games.In the statement, Oregon also announced that it would be conducting a “nation-wide search” for the team’s replacement at defensive coordinator.Defensive staff change for @oregonfootball #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/SYdY2JuqUQ— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) February 14, 2019The 62-year-old Leavitt has significant experience in both the college and NFL ranks.He served as a linebackers coach under Jim Harbaugh for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014 before being hired by Colorado in 2015.Leavitt has also served as head coach of the South Florida Bulls, leading them to a 95-57 record during his 13 years at the helm and five straight bowl games upon joining the Big East in 2005.