University of South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt has been fired amid allegations he hitÂ player Joel MillerÂ in the face during a game on Nov. 21. ESPN.com reports the entire coaching staff of the USF football team may be let go.
A letter from USF President Judy Genshaft released on Friday confirms Coach Jim Leavitt had been fired. “Sadly, at the end of his tenure at USF, Coach Leavitt committed serious violations of our standards of conduct,” the letter stated. “A thorough, fair and professional review conducted by internal and external reviewers over the past three weeks led the university to decide that USF should now seek a new head coach.”
Jim Leavitt has been under investigation for allegedly grabbing USF player Joel Miller by the throat during halftime at a game on Nov. 21 and then hitting him twice in the face. Leavitt told Tampa Bay Online he was “very disappointed” in the university’s decision to fire him. “I’m in the process of digesting the reported allegations… I strongly deny doing anything wrong.”
Joel Miller, the player involved in the incident, said last month that Leavitt only “grabbed” his shoulder pads to motivate him “because he’s a passionate guy.” Miller added that he didn’tÂ want “anything to happen to him” over the incident.
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