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Breaking News: Jim Leavitt Fired As Head Coach at South Florida

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Head coach Jim Leavitt of the South Florida Bulls paces along the sidelines in the fourth quarter of the college football game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 27, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina. South Florida won the game 41-10. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Derek PivkoCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2010

The college football world fired another head coach this week.

Jim Leavitt has been hired as head coach at the University of South Florida while being under investigation for allegedly grabbing and striking special teams player Joel Miller at halftime against Louisville on Nov. 21.

The allegations are reported as untrue. Miller said he was never physically harmed.

"I don't think anything should happen to him," Miller told ESPN's Joe Schad on Dec. 16. "Me and Coach Leavitt are fine. People can say different things, but he only grabbed my shoulder pads to motivate me, because he's a passionate guy. He never apologized because he had nothing to apologize for."

Now that the college football season has concluded, how will this season be remembered?

Will this season be remembered for the mistreatment of players?

Last week, Texas Tech fired head coach Mike Leach two days after suspending him. The family of Adam James filed a complaint against Leach concerning his treatment of James after he sustained a concussion back on Dec. 16.

Leavitt and Leach join former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino who resigned in December for mistreatment.

The firing of Leavitt brings an end to a promising career at South Florida.

The Bulls began playing Division I FBS football back in 1997. Leavitt has served as the only head coach in South Florida history.

Leavitt was 95-57 in his 13 seasons at South Florida. He only had one losing season, back in 1997.

What Leavitt did for South Florida was provide another alternate for recruits in Florida. The state is known as a powerhouse for college football with schools like the University of Florida, Florida State, the University of Miami and now the University of South Florida.

In the 2008 NFL Draft, Mike Jenkins became the school's first ever first round draft pick when he was drafted 25th overall by the Dallas Cowboys.

Next season will be difficult for the Bulls. They will have to replace the only head coach in the program's history.

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