Leavitt fired at South Florida

January 8th, 2010 by

www.espn.go.com – Jim Leavitt has been fired as South Florida’s football coach, sources close to the coaching staff have told ESPN.com.

Leavitt has been under investigation by the university for allegedly grabbing and striking special teams player Joel Miller at halftime of a November game against Louisville.

The allegations originally were made by Joel Miller’s father, Paul, in an online report. Paul Miller has backtracked from original comments that alluded to contact Leavitt allegedly made with his son’s neck and face.

Last month, Joel Miller said allegations that he was physically harmed by Leavitt are not true.

“I don’t think anything should happen to him,” Miller told ESPN’s Joe Schad on Dec. 16. “Me and Coach Leavitt are fine. People can say different things but he only grabbed my shoulder pads to motivate me, because he’s a passionate guy. He never apologized because he had nothing to apologize for.”

South Florida’s findings of its investigation into the alleged incident will be released later Friday, AOL Fanhouse reports.

Miller told Schad back then that he plans to remain with South Florida’s program.

“It’s been real hard especially on my family,” Miller said. “But my plan is to stay and play here.”

Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney, former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, who has strong ties in the state of Florida from his tenure on Miami’s coaching staff, and Michigan offensive coordinator Calvin Magee are expected to be candidates to replace Leavitt, a source told ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel.


One Response

  1. D

    EVERY BODY HAS PROBLEMS THAT HAVE NOT SURFACED YET, IT SICK TO THINK HOW OUR PARENTS RAISED US, AND THIS IS WHAT WE FACE IN TODAY’S CULTURE. A COACH DID FAR WORSE TO MOST OF US IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, LEVITT,MIKE(TEXAS TECH), ARENAS, TIGER,OUR PROBLEMS ARE NOTHING IN COMPARISON TO THESE GUYS. FOOTBALL IS A ROUGH SPORT. BOYS ARE RAISED TO BE MEN, A COACH HAVING TO DEAL WITH ALL DIFFERENT CULTURES WHILE TEACHING OUR KIDS THE SKILLS NEEDED TO MOVE AHEAD.

    JIM WILL BE OK AND FIND ANOTHER TEAM TO COACH. USF FOOTBALL IS HERE TO STAY!!!!!!!

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