Player Not Present For “Abuse” Got Leavitt Fired

Jim Leavitt’s tenure at USF ended today after a second USF player came forward on Wednesday to claim publicly that the coach had allegedly abused South Florida player Joel Miller at halftime of the Bulls’ Nov. 21 game vs. Louisville.

Colby Erskin Got Jim Leavitt Fired

(Colby Erskin’s new account of alleged abuse got Leavitt fired)

Wednesday, Bulls wide receiver Colby Erskin claimed WDAE-AM and AOL’s Brett McMurphy that Miller told him of the initially alleged abuse and asked for his advice on what he should do about it. Less than 48 hours later, Leavitt was fired.

Erskin to AOL:

“Joel told me that coach Leavitt was in his face and yelling at him for getting a penalty on a special teams play. He (Joel) said that Coach asked him a question about the play and Joel said he was hesitant to answer. Coach asked him the question a second time and Joel still didn’t answer, so Leavitt grabbed him with one hand around Joel’s neck and he slapped him twice with the other.”

Ironically, Erskin himself was not in the locker room for the incident and did not witness Leavitt’s alleged abuse.

After Erskin confirmed Leavitt’s alleged abuse through Miller, AOL’s McMurphy reports,”Leavitt cleaned out his locker and threw his personal effects into a trash bin. Erskin said he believed that Leavitt suspected him of leaking the story to the media.

Interestingly though, another USF player stepped forward in an interview published this morning in the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES to dispute that Miller was abused.

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