USF gives Leavitt contract extension through 2012

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
TAMPA - South Florida coach Jim Leavitt ended speculation that the Bulls' success in their first season in the Big East might land him another job when he agreed Wednesday to a contract extension through 2012.
Leavitt is the only coach in the school's 10-year football history. The Bulls will take a 6-4 record into Saturday night's regular season finale against No. 12 West Virginia, a game that would have decided the conference title if USF had won at Connecticut last week.
The new deal replaces one that ran through 2009 and will pay Leavitt an average of $1 million per season in base salary and compensation for radio, television and appearances. He will earn $600,000 in 2006.
In addition, the contract includes a $75,000 incentive for a BCS bowl appearance.
The terms also include buyout provisions - $500,000 if Leavitt resigns between Jan. 1, 2006 and Jan. 1, 2008 and $400,000 between Jan. 1, 2008 and Jan. 1, 2012. There is no buyout in the final year of the contract.
"He has made our program competitive in the Big East Conference and within the BCS, and we feel like the terms of this extension are consistent with his outstanding achievements," athletic director Doug Woolard said.
Until last Saturday's 15-10 loss to Connecticut, the Bulls had a chance to finish with at least a tie for the Big East title and represent the conference in the BCS. They are still hopeful of receiving the school's first invitation to a bowl game.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Steve Spurrier has fired running backs coach Madre Hill saying the Gamecocks need someone with more experience in the position.
    At the same time, Spurrier announced that Tyrone Nix has been promoted from co-defensive coordinator to assistant head coach.
  • TENNESSEE: Tight ends coach Greg Adkins has been promoted to offensive line coach, team officials announced.
    Adkins, who has been on coach Phillip Fulmer's staff since 2003, also has been the recruiting coordinator and assistant offensive line coach under Jimmy Ray Stephens.
  • ARKANSAS: Louis Campbell is to change duties from Arkansas' director of football operations to assistant coach, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
    n MIAMI: City officials are considering plans to replace the 68-year-old Orange Bowl with a new stadium on the same site, which could force the Miami Hurricanes to play in Dolphins Stadium for at least a couple of seasons, city manager Joe Arriola.
    n ACC: Players from losing teams rarely get these type of awards. That is part of what makes Chris Barclay so special.
    The Wake Forest tailback was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in an exceedingly close vote, becoming the fourth player in school history to win the award.
    n NAVY: Before Navy can retain the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy by beating Army on Saturday, the Midshipmen will first have to find it.
    The trophy, awarded annually to the winner of the football competition between the three major service academies, was stolen Monday night from the team locker room, Navy spokesman Scott Strasemeier said.
    The trophy had been on display in a locked glass case for the past two years. It was moved to the football building to provide motivation for the players, but sometime after 9:30 p.m., the 170-pound trophy was taken from the locked building, Strasemeier said.
    Left in its place was a note that read: "Before we win the football game on Saturday, we thought we would take the trophy. By the time you read this, it will be halfway to West Point," home of the U.S. Military Academy.
  • Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

    Comments are currently unavailable on this article

    ▲ Return to Top