Leavitt promotes spring game with dash

Updated: April 9, 2009, 5:42 PM ET
By Brian Bennett | ESPN.com

Jim Leavitt's 40-yard dash time probably won't impress any NFL scouts.

But the 52-year-old South Florida coach made good on his promise to run the distance in under six seconds. He was clocked at 5.72 seconds while doing the sprint before practice on Thursday afternoon.

"That was one of the most exciting moments of my life," he said afterward. "I was feeling it right after about the second or third yard. I came out of my stance and I knew I was in trouble."

Leavitt's run was part of a promotion tied into South Florida's spring game on Saturday. Students will compete in a mock combine before the game, and those who beat Leavitt's time will get a T-shirt that says "I'm Faster Than Leavitt!" The fastest student will win a pair of tickets to the Bulls' game at Florida State in September.

"If there are any students who can't beat that, then they really need to decide what they want to do in life," Leavitt joked.

Leavitt is known for leading his team onto the field at Raymond James Stadium in a mad sprint, often running well ahead of his security detail

"Those are probably in the 4.5 range," he said. "You're ready to play, and you've got the team and big Rocky the Bull is going to run right over you if you're not hurrying. That's a different moment. Those are definitely under 5-flat."

Brian Bennett covers Big East football for ESPN.com.