Report: USF Coach Jim Leavitt Struck Player In Face In Locker Room Incident

If Mark Mangino got fired for poking a kid in the chest and yelling at a few parking attendants, then Jim Leavitt is doomed, doomed, doomed. According to AOL's Brett McMurphy, the University of South Florida football coach grabbed special teams walk-on Paul Miller by the throat and then struck him twice in the face during the halftime of the Bulls' November 21st game against Louisville.

The story is being confirmed by other anonymous sources, who say their afraid to come out for fear of invoking the wrath of Leavitt and other USF officials. Miller isn't commenting any further, but according to these sources his attempt to talk to the coach about the incident produced this chilling anecdote: 

Two days after the incident, Miller told his father, teammates and staff members he went to Leavitt's office to discuss the incident. Instead, Miller left feeling disrespected, threatened and intimidated, according to his teammates.

"Coach I want to talk to you about what happened," Joel told Leavitt on Nov. 23.

"Before you say anything," said Leavitt, according to what Miller told others in USF's program and his father, "just know I am the most powerful man in this building."

More to come, but if that is true the most powerful man in the building might be experiencing a voltage shortage shortly.

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