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    USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    Report: Leavitt struck player in the face

    Posted by John Taylor on December 14, 2009 3:16 PM ET
    Based on a report from AOL FanHouse this afternoon, yet another Div. 1-A head coach could find himself in hot water for laying his hands on a player.

    According to writer Brett McMurphy, and citing five witnesses who did not want their names used for fear of retribution, South Florida's Jim Leavitt grabbed special teams player Joel Miller by the throat during halftime of a Nov. 21 game against Louisville and twice struck the player in the face with his hand.


    Miller's father and his high school coach confirmed the incident to the website.


    "You do something like that [on the street], you put them in jail," Paul Miller, Joel's father and a former Tampa police officer, told FanHouse. "Somewhere [Leavitt] crossed the line."


    Miller allegedly enraged Leavitt for a mistake he made in the first half of the game against the Cardinals. When reached by phone by the website, Leavitt refused to discuss the incident.


    "I'll visit with you about recruiting," Leavitt said. "All the stuff we do in there [the locker room] ... I'll visit with you about recruiting.


    "Things that happen or don't happen usually are kept within the team -- whether they happen or don't happen. If you want to talk about recruiting, I'll talk about recruiting."


    Two days after the incident, Miller -- who refused to discuss the situation with FanHouse -- told his father and others that he went to the coach to discuss the incident. Leavitt allegedly warned his player that "before you say anything, just know I am the most powerful man in this building."


    Ten days after that alleged conversation, Leavitt called Miller to apologize for the incident. Ironically enough, the apology came a day after Mark Mangino resigned his head coaching job at Kansas. Mangino had been under an internal investigation for allegedly pushing/poking one of his players in the chest during a walk-through the day before a November game.


    For Leavitt's sake, he'd better hope that, unlike Mangino, he has a good relationship with his athletic director. Otherwise, this situation could escalate very rapidly.



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    If that happened, he needs to go. Need more evidence, but that certainly would be out of line.


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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    Could be in trouble?! Ask Woody Hayes if he could be in trouble.



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    guy has a reputation for being an ***. That is why K-State didn't want him even though he is an alumn



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    He's out...next man in? Danny Mac!!



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    Crazy. On one hand, what he's done at USF is one of the greatest stories in College Football. On the other hand, that's pretty ****ed. I wouldn't want to be the USF AD right now.


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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    Leavitt is ******* crazy.



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    We have coaches on our staff that are too much of a gentleman to tell you how they really feel about Leavitt, but let's just say they don't hold him in high regard.



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    Quote Originally Posted by ZJohnson View Post
    He's out...next man in? Danny Mac!!
    Darn it...you beat me to it!



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    "The University of South Florida is aware of the story and will review the matter promptly," Michael Hoad, USF Vice President Communications, said in the statement. "We're committed to ensuring due process for everyone involved. To ensure fairness, the university doesn't comment during a review."


    If the allegations made in the article are proven true, the Bulls will be faced with a very difficult decision, up to and including firing the only coach in school history, the person who is directly responsible for building the football program literally from the ground up.


    Then again, if the allegations are corroborated, the alleged actions are severe enough where it might not be that hard of a decision at all. Even if it does involve "the most powerful man in this building."



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    I would think Mac would have a great shot at that job, and should.



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    I wonder how many coaches saw what went down at KU, and thought "****, i've done similar things, i hope i don't get canned."



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    Quote Originally Posted by Ficklone02 View Post
    I wonder how many coaches saw what went down at KU, and thought "****, i've done similar things, i hope i don't get canned."
    way more than we know or want to know


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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    I wonder how South Florida's bowl prep is going with this situation going on



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    Re: USF's Jim Leavitt could be in trouble for striking a player

    Quote Originally Posted by hurdleisu24 View Post
    I wonder how South Florida's bowl prep is going with this situation going on
    They're probably not all that happy about having to go so far north for a bowl game to begin with.



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