USF settles with Jim Leavitt for $2.75 million

The University of South Florida has reached a $2.75 million settlement with former football coach Jim Leavitt, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Attorneys representing Leavitt and the university jointly announced the decision tonight.

The first coach in the history of the program, Leavitt was fired a year ago in January after the school alleged he struck player Joel Miller during halftime of a 2009 game vs. Louisville. Per the report, Leavitt will receive $2 million in salary and benefits and an additional $750,000 for his “contributions to building USF’s nationally respected football program.”

"I'm grateful for the love and support of my family and all of the great people of Tampa Bay. I will always cherish my time here at USF and what we built together," Leavitt said in a statement, per the Tampa Tribune.

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