Jim Leavitt gets $2.75M in settlement
TAMPA, Fla. -- Former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt will receive $2.75 million in the settlement of a lawsuit he filed against the school after he was fired last January.
The school and Leavitt's attorney, Wil Florin, announced Tuesday night that Leavitt will receive $2 million for salary and benefits. The ex-coach will get an additional $750,000 as acknowledgment for contributions he made in building the Bulls from scratch into a "nationally respected" program.
Leavitt was dismissed a year ago after a school investigation concluded he grabbed one of his players by the throat during halftime of a game and slapped him in the face, then lied about it. He was the only head coach in the first 13 years of the program and had just completed the second season of a seven-year, $12.6 million contract.
Skip Holtz was hired as Leavitt's replacement.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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