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South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

Posted on: January 8, 2010 10:16 am
Edited on: January 8, 2010 11:16 am
Indications are that Jim Leavitt has been fired as South Florida's coach, has learned.

The firing comes after allegations that he grabbed player Joel Miller by the throat at halftime of the Nov. 21 Louisville game.

While not confirming the firing, Leavitt told Friday morning, "I'm very disappointed. I'll respond at the appropriate time. Just very disappointed."

Asked if he could be reached later on his supposedly university-issued cell phone, Leavitt responded, "I don't know. I've never been through this before."

If he has been fired, Leavitt would be the third BCS conference coach in slightly more than a month to lose his job over allegations of mistreatment by a player or players. Previously, Kansas' Mark Mangino and Texas Tech's Mike Leach left their schools amid allegations.

Miller alleged that Leavitt, the only coach in South Florida history, had grabbed him then later recanted. A university investigation followed.

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Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 12:15 pm

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

Amen to that!  It is the result of the transformation to the namby pampy mentality this country has undergone.  Everyone is too sensitive about everything.  Suck it up, be a man and if anyone did have a problem, take care of it by confronting Leavitt himself and suggest he crossed the line and that you will be addressing with the AD.  The most troubling part of this from my perspective is that the kid that was allegedly grabbed by the throat and struck on the face has maintained throughout that nothing more occurred than he was grabbed by the shoulder pads.  Some reporter with an axe to grind wrote the original article citing anonymous sources and the only person in the end that confirmed is a disgruntled player that wasn't happy Leavitt wasn't going to petition for him to gain a 6th year of eligiblity... and that kid wasn't even in the locker room in Louisville.  It is a complete joke.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 12:09 pm

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

Having graduated from the university in the early 90s, long before football became a reality, and living in the Tampa area today, it is a sad day... maybe the investigation actually turned something up worth discussing and disciplining, but until now this whole joke of an ordeal was started by a jacka$$ reporter that never saw eye-to-eye with Leavitt and had an axe to grind.  He wrote his initial article about the incident citing the ever popular "anonymous" sources.  Since that time, we've seen the alleged victim's father first speak out and then retract his statement after talking to his son and the kid has maintained all along that Leavitt never did any more than grab his shoulder pads.  The only other person that claims the incident actually occurred is a disgruntled player that isn't happy the coach and program didn't seek a 6th year of eligiblity for him... and he wasn't even in the locker room the day the alleged incident occurred! 

Several players who were effectively warned and muted by the school to keep quiet while the investigation was ongoing have offered off the record that they saw the incident and nothing occurred that came close to crossing the line.  So, the school kicks the guy who poured all his blood, sweat and tears into building the program from a single wide trailer into a BCS conference legitimate program based on seemingly unfounded, or at the very least, questionable allegations?  Sounds more like the school was using this opportunity to succumb to the many boosters and supporters of the program that have been screaming the past 2 years that the grass would be much greener under a new head coach.  If that is the case, it is an absolute travesty!

Don't get me wrong, if Leavitt did grab the kid by the throat in a very threatening and choking manner and strike him on the face, he probably deserved to go, but if he grabbed a kid by the pads, lightly slapped him on the cheek in a "wake up, we need you" gesture and just had his career taken away over it, it is a rather sad commentary on where we have arrived as a country.

No difference with what is happening to Leach, either.  All accounts are that Adam James was regarded as being someone with let's say questionable work ethic that showed up in shorts, sunglasses and flip flops instead of making his treatment schedule... and while Leach many not have handled correctly by directing him to a closet, Adam is a big boy, he could have told Leach that wasn't happening and gone to the AD or university president.  What a joke both of these circumstances have become.

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:54 am

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

Good coaches losing their jobs because of sissy  a s s  college players that have been coddled all their lives. These players should be ashamed their such babies. Back in the day this was normal treatment. It taught players to be tough and be men because they will be treated worse when they go to the pro's if their lucky enough to make it. Absolutely shameful, is the only way to describe these sissies.

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:54 am

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

I don't like the guy. He seems like a violent nutcase to me, just watching him on the sidelines. But firing him can't do much good for the program, which he built from scratch. Unless they have a top coach waiting in the wings.

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:54 am

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

Kentucky already has a coach idiot.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:52 am

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

Yeah he would fit in well with Calipari!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:47 am

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

its hard to say wether he did or didnt grab joel miller by the will be interesting to hear millers comments after leavitt's termination...i loved what jim leavitt did for our program but the last couple of years we have been in a holding pattern...there have been rumblings from the end of last year that the boosters were wanting to go in another maybe this was the straw that broke the camels will be interesting to see the list of candidates for the job...i seriously doubt they hire within..maybe a tommy tubberville..but i dont know if judy genshaft is going to want to pay him what it would take to get him here....good luck to jim wherever he lands.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:43 am

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

I think Levitt should go to Texas Tech and Leech should go to USF while Mangino should go on the biggest loser. Peace i'm out

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:31 am

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

Was it ever proven that he DID grab the player by the throat?? I haven't heard anything other than that the kid accused him and then took it back. If he did then fire him, but let's not assume that he did it just because that makes a better headline.

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:19 am

South Florida coach Leavitt seemingly gone

Tuberville would be a beast in south Florida and would have USF winning the big east year in and out.When he was at Auburn he recruited the whole state of Florida very well and he still has those relationships with the highschool coaches down there.As an Auburn fan I know that USF would prosper under a great teacher like Tubs,he can recruit but he is known more for taking 3 star talent and coaching them up to be NFL superstars,if you look at Auburn players in the nfl,there everywhere...He would do much better at USF that he would at TTU.

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