Former USF coach Leavitt could land with 49ers

Fresh off the $2.75 million settlement he received from the University of South Florida, the Bulls’ former head football coach might have a new job lined up.

Jim Leavitt could be hired as the linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Leavitt settled a wrongful termination suit against the school, the terms of which were announced Tuesday night.

Per the report, Leavitt visited Stanford and met with new 49ers coach John Harbaugh last season. Leavitt’s best career move might be to head to the NFL after the baggage he’ll carry following the incident at South Florida in which he allegedly punched a player at halftime of a game in 2009.

Vic Fangio is expected to follow Harbaugh from Stanford to San Francisco as the defensive coordinator, meaning Greg Manusky will likely depart. Also, offensive coordinator Mike Johnson is heading to UCLA where he will be offensive coordinator.

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