Jim Leavitt Still Fighting For USF Reinstatement

Ex-University of South Florida Coach Jim Leavitt is still fighting hard to be reinstated as the University’s head football coach. Leavitt has now enlisted the help of a team of lawyers to fight the allegations that he both choked and hit (or slapped…) one of his players during halftime of a game earlier this season. Leavitt’s attorneys cite that the coach’s termination was “unwarranted” and that it has “violated his constitutional rights”. Hmm. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? I assume that the supposed constitutional violation he speaks of is that he is innocent until proven guilty of these acts, and should therefore not have been fired prematurely. Leavitt continues to deny these allegations in light of the report by AOL FanHouse, citing 5 USF players and the abused player’s father, that states the coach reacted in such manner because of a mistake by the player, Joel Miller.

Regardless of what the true extent of the contact was in this situation, no coach has the right to come at a player like this, whether in private or in front of the team. In my opinion, Leavitt should exercise maturity in this situation and step down as gracefully as possible. The University did the right thing here in terminating Leavitt. What kind of message would they be sending by keeping an abusive coach like Leavitt, especially with the publicity being generated at this time?

Do you think Leavitt should be reinstated? Why or why not?

Andrew A. Teunis – Director of Business Development, ISPA

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