Former University of South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt has sued the university and its foundation, claiming his contract was improperly terminated.
Leavitt lost his job last January after allegedly grabbing a football player by the throat and hitting him. Leavitt denies the incident ever occurred and claims the university failed to conduct a thorough investigation, fired him instead on the basis of hearsay evidence.
His suit seeks $9.5 million in lost wages on the remainder of his seven-year contract. Leavitt had coached the team for 14 years before being replaced by former East Carolina University coach Skip Holtz.