Fired Coach Wants USF Job Back

Former USF football coach Jim Leavitt
Former USF football coach Jim Leavitt
TAMPA (2010-1-11) -

Jim Leavitt plans to battle to regain his job as head football coach at the University of South Florida.

“I’m going to fight for it because I know it’s right,” Leavitt said during a feisty news conference at his attorney’s office Monday. “I’m not going to back down on this because I know what I’m saying is right.”

His attorney, Thomas Roebig, said Leavitt’s termination is unwarranted and he deserves to be immediately reinstated.

The university fired Leavitt Friday, saying he inappropriately grabbed and slapped a player during a locker room incident in November and then denied doing it.

Universtiy of South Florida officials issued a written response to Leavitt's comments that stated the university stands by its review, that it was fair and professional in finding that the head coach's conduct crossed a line.

Leavitt continued to deny that the incident happened the way it’s been reported, but he declined to give specifics.

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