Former Coach Sues U. of South Florida Over Firing

March 16, 2010

The University of South Florida's former football coach sued the institution Monday for breach of contract, charging that in firing him for mistreating a player in January, its officials had ignored evidence that supported his account of the incident that prompted his dismissal, The Tampa Tribune reported. Jim Leavitt's dismissal, one of several such firings of coaches within a few weeks of each other this winter, came after an investigation by South Florida found that he had "grabbed the throat and slapped the face" of a player, and that Leavitt's denials were "consistently uncorroborated by credible witnesses." Leavitt's complaint alleges otherwise and seeks access to the records the university collected during its inquiry, to which the coach says he has been denied access.

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