USF reviewing allegations against coach

Updated: December 16, 2009, 8:20 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN

USF coach Jim Leavitt was interviewed on Tuesday morning about an alleged altercation with a walk-on football player, according to university spokesman Michael Hoad.

The player, Joel Miller, who Leavitt allegedly grabbed and slapped at halftime of a game against Louisville earlier this season, as well as Miller's father, have also been interviewed. Leavitt denies that he struck Miller.

Hoad said that USF's human resources department as well as Thomas Gonzalez, an external reviewer who is an expert in workplace environment, have been involved in interviews.

Hoad noted that the player himself "has not complained" and that the review is based upon the third-party account from Millers' father Paul. Since the original online story appeared, Paul Miller has backed away from his remarks.

"We will do a thorough review, but we do not want to drag this out," Hoad said. "The report will be made public when it is complete and it is a fact-finding review. It will then be sent to the President and athletic director, who will determine if the facts warrant any actions."

Leavitt led the team onto the field for a 4 p.m. bowl-preparation practice on Wednesday in which Joel Miller participated. Leavitt has said that he has used motivational tactics to inspire players but would never harm them.

"We are happy to talk about the process," Hoad said. "And then when findings are complete, the report will be public record."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report

Joe Schad

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