Report: Leavitt fighting for reinstatement at USF

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Attorneys for Jim Leavitt say the former South Florida coach's firing was unwarranted and he should be reinstated to the job he held for 14 years.

Leavitt was fired last week after a university investigation concluded he grabbed one his players by the throat, slapped the athlete in the face and then lied about the incident that allegedly occurred during halftime of a game.

Leavitt has strongly denied the allegation. The coach has scheduled a news conference at the offices of his attorneys for Monday afternoon.

The attorneys released a statement of behalf of the coach, saying the dismissal "is contrary to the terms of his contract" and violates Leavitt's constitutional rights.

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