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Colorado is set to hire Jim Leavitt as its defensive coordinator, FootballScoop learned on Thursday.

Leavitt spent the past four seasons as the San Francisco 49ers’ linebackers coach, and prior to that spent 13 years as the head coach at South Florida. He led the fledgling Bulls’ program from a Division I-AA independent to the Big East Conference, going 95-57 in the process.

Before getting the South Florida program off the ground, Leavitt was a co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Kansas State from 1991-95.

Leavitt will replace Kent Baer, who took a similar post at UNLV.

Colorado ranked 120th in yards per play allowed and 119th in scoring defense in 2014 under second-year head coach Mike MacIntyre. Sports Illustrated also reported Thursday the Buffs have hired former Central Michigan defensive coordinator Joe Tumpkin as defensive backs coach.

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