Getting to Know CU’s new Defensive Coordinator … Jim Leavitt

February 11th

Jim Leavitt gives his first interviews as CU’s defensive coordinator

Full story at cubuffs.com. Some excerpts:

Leavitt, 58, returned to college coaching – specifically to CU – because it was the right place at the right time, the right fit for reasons ranging from a love for college football to MacIntyre “being such a good man” to the job being a Longs Peak-sized challenge to simply feeling “this is where I was supposed to be.”

“I don’t want to be religious and all that, but I just felt this is where I was supposed to be,” Leavitt said. “OK, can I just say that? Because that’s my life. I’m just being honest. I just felt like this is where I was supposed to be. That’s it. I spent a lot of time in prayer about it, thinking about it. Again, I’m just talking about it from my life, why I’m where I am . . . late-night thinking about a lot different things and I thought God wants me here, OK? That’s it. I don’t mean to offend anybody.”

MacIntyre described his spring goals for the Buffs, who begin their 15 practices on Monday, like this: “Defense, defense, special teams and keep our offense going in the right direction.” You’ll notice that defense was important enough to be mentioned twice, and that’s where Leavitt enters the picture.

… Leavitt is still feeling his way around, but he does know about his new job: It’s a challenge and he “loves (it) . . . this is a great one, you know that. Nobody’s kidding themselves. I know all about it,” he said. “It’s going to take some time; it’s going to be a process. As you go through this, you just don’t know how much you’re going to be able to do your first year, to be honest with you . . .

“I couldn’t tell you what we’re going to run yet. I’ve got an idea of where I want to go, but I don’t know if I can get to that. It might be a little while before we get there. We have to wait and see . . . it might start in one direction and curve it a little bit.”

… The starting point of course, will be evaluating personnel in the 15 spring practices and spending time with them in position meetings. With only tape and position coaches’ summations, Leavitt doesn’t want to rush it.

“It’s tough, really tough,” he said. “I want to be careful in making evaluations; it’s going to be a process. I have to get to know the people. Does this guy really care? Does he have the passion to play on the Saturdays or Fridays or Wednesdays or whatever? Does he have a real desire to do the right things and have the discipline and the work ethic . . . to make it happen? You really don’t know until you get the pads on on the field.”

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February 10th

CBS Sports front page article condemns CU’s hiring of Jim Leavitt

… (Below is the 1,473rd in a series, “When will CU catch a break from the media?”.  While you are reading up on the piece condemning Leavitt, I’ll be sifting through the internet to see if I can find a single article questioning the wisdom of Utah hiring a 71-year old defensive coordinator who has been out of football for five years, or a single article questioning the wisdom of Washington State hiring a 34-year old defensive coordinator with no prior experience in the position) …

From CBS Sports article entitled, “Jim Leavitt back in college game, while player he struck is struggling” …

More than five years after he was a central figure in the firing of USF coach Jim Leavitt, (Joel) Miller still feels like a victim. A different kind of victim. His situation emerged with a new national twist last week when Leavitt was hired back in college for the first time since USF as Colorado’s defensive coordinator.

The same Jim Leavitt who was fired with cause in January 2010 for what the school not only concluded was striking Miller but also for interfering with USF’s investigation.

The same Jim Leavitt who was humiliated and whose reputation was thrashed after three decades becoming one of the game’s top defensive minds.

The same Jim Leavitt who — some thought — would never coach at the college level again.

“I think it’s terrible,” said Joel’s father Paul when he heard of Leavitt’s hiring. “He doesn’t belong with any kids.”

… Paul Miller is outraged, promising he will call Colorado to voice his protest of Leavitt’s hiring.

“To me that’s an injustice,” he said. “Why would you put someone like that [in power] who lied about an investigation, hitting a child?”

Obviously, Colorado had no problem with Leavitt. On a football level, CU desperately needs defensive help. Coach Mike MacIntyre’s first two defenses have finished second-worst in the Pac-12 and in the bottom 20 nationally.

… Initially, Miller told USF officials five years ago, “Coach Leavitt didn’t touch me in any malicious way.” Asked about that this week, Miller told CBSSports.com, “I was young and vulnerable. Leavitt told me he could take everything away if he had wanted to. He had the power to take everything away.”

In the school’s investigation, Leavitt is famously quoted as allegedly telling Miller, “Choose your words wisely. I’m the most powerful person in the building.”

In the end, the cover-up was worse than the crime … depending on whom you talk to.

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February 5th

Coach MacIntyre on new coaches: “They will become a great asset for us immediately”

From cubuffs.com … University of Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre filled two vacancies on his defensive staff Thursday, as he announced the hiring of Jim Leavitt as defensive coordinator and Joe Tumpkin as a defensive backs coach.

The pair has over 50 years of defensive coaching experience combined.  Leavitt comes to Colorado from the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers where he coached the linebackers the last four seasons, while Tumpkin served as Central Michigan’s defensive coordinator the last five years.

Leavitt, who will sign a three-year contract, will oversee the defense and also coach the linebackers, with Tumpkin to coach the safeties.

“I am very excited that Jim and Joe will join our football family,” MacIntyre said.  “With their vast knowledge of defenses and their experiences working with all kind of schemes, they will become a great asset for us immediately.

“Jim brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge and has worked with and for some great coaching minds,” MacIntyre continued.  “He is a very passionate and enthusiastic coach whom I had the pleasure to first get to know when we were both coaching in the (San Francisco) Bay Area.  I’ve always been impressed with the defenses the 49ers ran and their linebacker play.

“In talking with Patrick Willis (who MacIntyre recruited to the University of Mississippi early last decade and is a star linebacker for the 49ers), he truly enjoyed playing for Jim,” he said.  “He spoke so highly of Jim’s knowledge, passion, expertise, motivational skills and the care he has for his players.  And in college, Jim was the defensive coordinator when he was part of an incredible rebuilding project (Kansas State) and major start-up one (South Florida, where he built the program practically from scratch).”

“Joe comes highly recommended and has extensive experience coaching every position on the defensive side of the ball,” MacIntyre said.  “He is an excellent recruiter, and brings with him a lot of knowledge and great passion for the game.  He had a good amount of success as the defensive coordinator at Central Michigan.”

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More articles on Leavitt …

– Jon Gruden – Arizona State (in 2011): “It’d be an unbelievable coup for Arizona State if they could get him”

From azcentral.com … Gruden got an up-close look at Leavitt during his time as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“If they can hire a guy better than Jim Leavitt, I hope Arizona State hires him,” Gruden said on the Doug & Wolf show. “I’ve had a chance to not only get to know Jim as a friend, but I’ve spent a lot of time in the last year or two just talking football with him. He’s passionate, intense. He’s proven. The guy built South Florida from a trailer to No. 2 in the country three years ago. He has a different pizzazz about him. You have to meet him. He’s very charismatic. I think he’s a tremendous recruiter. I think it’d be an unbelievable coup for Arizona State if they could get him.’ ”

“Making the Case for Jim Leavitt”

From The Football Brainiacs (posted just two weeks ago by Oklahoma fans looking for their own new Defensive Coordinator) …

A History of Success – Everywhere coach Leavitt has been, he’s been successful. He was the co-defensive coordinator with Bob Stoops at Kansas State, where they managed to take a pitiful defense and turn it into, statistically, one of the nation’s best. He then went on to the University of South Florida and built the program from it’s infancy as an FCS program to a Big East conference FBS program. The success he had at South Florida, including at one point being ranked number two nationally, has not been anywhere close to repeated since his departure.

Leavitt was offered the Alabama job multiple times before Nick Saban eventually landed in Tuscaloosa. He was offered head coaching positions at multiple major FBS programs and turned them all down to stay at South Florida.

A Player’s Coach – A lot of coaches are animated, but they aren’t necessarily loved. The more you learn about Leavitt, the more you feel how loved he is by his players. When I talked to one of his former defensive backs at USF, his words sounded similar to other players I talked with.

“We loved him, and we knew he loved us. If we needed him at 1 am in the morning, we knew he’d be there for us. He was the kind of guy that you’d go to battle for because you knew he’d battle for you,” his former player told me. He continued by telling me that, “he was the first coach I had that would get out there and run gassers with us…he was a good teacher and he showed us to teach us.” The former player hit on two things I believe are most important in a coach. A coach should be a great teacher and should be someone you want to play for.

Defensive Style – Coach Leavitt come’s from a 4-3 background, but having coached in San Francisco under Harbaugh, he’s also well versed in the 3-4. I suspect OU would like to be multiple in their fronts when possible, but regardless what they choose to do this coming season, in my opinion, Leavitt can teach it.

His former player I spoke with gave me a few notes about the defensive he played in under Leavitt at South Florida. “We were aggressive, we flew around, and we had a lot of fun.” In talking about his position group (defensive back) he said, “we did one-on-one’s every practice…it was a battle everyday…we played guys head up…we were always competing and that’s the attitude he built…we were always battling and he used the word ‘battle’ a hundred times a day in practice.” I asked him about their coverages, and he said they were about 50-50 man/zone and primarily played out of a two high safety shell.

– “Why 49ers LB Coach Jim Leavitt Is An Inspiration To Players”

From ninerfans.com … Quoting linebacker Navorro Bowman … “I love Jim Leavitt. He reminds me of my high school coach in a way. He never lets you have a day off. Even if you aren’t feeling good, he finds a way to make you smile…What he didn’t know was that I was a fan of him, too. He was at USF, and he brought that team up from nothing. I was up at Penn State for my visit when they played USF, and I always wondered who that coach (of theirs) was. You’d see him on the sideline and he’s so enthusiastic during the game, and that’s the type of coach you want to play for”.

Leavitt’s resume speaks for itself. While at USF the former head coach compiled an astounding 95-57 record. In addition, Leavitt also had success while at Kansas State where he was the linebackers coach and later defensive coordinator from (1990-1995), in which he oversaw the No. 93 ranked defense transform into No. 1 in three years time.

So the next time you see a linebacker make a big play, just keep in mind that although the players are the ones garnering the attention, on one occasion or another, it is the coaches behind the scenes, that put them in that position in the first place.

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Jim Leavitt – background

Jim Leavitt, 58, has been the linebackers coach for Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ere for the past four seasons. He is better known to college football fans as the former head coach of the South Florida Bulls from 1997 to 2009.

In his 13 seasons in Tampa, Leavitt compiled a 95-57 overall record, taking USF from a 1-AA independent school without a program all the way to the Big East Conference. Leavitt was abruptly fired in January, 2010, after allegations were made that hit he grabbed and hit a player. Leavitt sued the school for wrongful termination, with the parties’ settling the suit in January, 2011, with Leavitt receiving $2.75 million from the school. As part of the agreement, neither side was allowed to comment on the matter, and the settlement stated that it should not be “construed as an admission by USF or Leavitt of any liability, wrongdoing or unlawful conduct whatsoever.”

Below is a chronology of Leavitt’s coaching history, his official bio (from the San Francisco 49ers website), a story ranking Leavitt as the second-best defensive coordinator in Bill Snyder’s long tenure at Kansas State, and two stories about the firing and settlement concerning Leavitt’s departure from South Florida.

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Leavitt’s chronology:

1974-77 – Played safety for the Missouri Tigers (another Missouri alumnus, like Bill McCartney)

1978-79 – Graduate assistant, Missouri

1982 – Special teams coach, Morningside

1983-87 – Defensive coordinator, Morningside

1989 – Graduate assistant, Iowa

1990 – Linebackers coach, Kansas State

1991-95 – Linebackers coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator, Kansas State

1997-2009 – Head coach, South Florida

2011-2014 – Linebackers coach, San Francisco 49ers

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Jim Leavitt bio – from the San Francisco 49ers website:

With over 30 years of coaching experience in the collegiate ranks, Jim Leavitt spent four years as the linebackers coach for the 49ers.

In 2013, Leavitt led a linebacking corps that featured NFL Defensive Player of the Year Candidate, AP First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection LB NaVorro Bowman. Bowman led the team with a career-high 192 tackles, while adding a career-high 5.0 sacks and two interceptions. LB Patrick Willis ranked second on the team with 147 tackles and was selected to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl.

In 2012, Leavitt oversaw a linebacking corps that featured two, First-Team All-Pro middle linebackers in Willis and Bowman. Both Willis (starter) and Bowman were also selected to the Pro Bowl. Bowman led the team with 183 tackles and Willis added 171 tackles.

In his first season in San Francisco, Leavitt’s unit featured two, First-Team All-Pro selections in Willis and Bowman. Bowman, in his first year as a starter, led the team with 173 tackles, while adding two sacks and two fumble recoveries. Willis ranked second on the team with 121 tackles and set career-highs with four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 12 passes defensed. The 49ers also ranked first in the NFL in run defense, in 2011.

Prior to joining San Francisco, Leavitt was the head coach at the University of South Florida, a position he held since the program’s inception in 1995. In 13 seasons, he led the Bulls to a 95-57 record.

The program began play in 1997 at the division I-AA level and immediate success propelled the Bulls to a national ranking for 24 consecutive weeks. In 2001, South Florida became a Division I-A independent before moving to Conference USA, in 2003. Leavitt’s continued success helped South Florida move into the Big East prior to the 2005 season. That year, Leavitt led the Bulls to their first ever Bowl appearance.

Since becoming a member of the Big East Conference in 2005, Leavitt led the Bulls to a 40-24 record, including five consecutive Bowl appearances, posting a 3-2 record in those games. South Florida’s ascension into the top 25 from entry into I-A/FCS was the fastest in NCAA history, surpassing Boise State’s rise by a mere seven weeks. The Bulls achieved another record on September 30, 2007, when they became the fastest program of the modern era to reach the top 10, landing at No. 6 in the AP Poll and No. 9 in the Coaches’ Poll. On October 14, 2007, South Florida received its first ever BCS ranking as the No. 2 team in the nation behind only the Ohio State Buckeyes. That week, the team was also ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll and No. 3 in both the Coaches’ and the Harris Interactive Poll.

Prior to becoming the head coach at South Florida, Leavitt worked under legendary coach Bill Snyder at Kansas State from 1990-95. Leavitt served as the linebackers coach for two seasons before becoming the defensive coordinator. He was instrumental in building a Wildcat defense that improved from 93rd in the nation in 1993 to the number one ranked unit in 1995.

His coaching career began as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri (1978-79). Leavitt followed that by serving as the defensive coordinator at the University of Dubuque (IA) from 1980-81. He then spent five seasons at Morning Side College (IA), working as the special teams coordinator for one year before being named the defensive coordinator in 1983.

In 1988, Leavitt turned his attention towards obtaining his PhD in psychology from the University of Iowa, an endeavor he had been pursing sporadically since 1982. By 1989, Leavitt simply needed to complete his dissertation when Iowa head coach Hayden Fry offered him a graduate position. With the coaching bug in his blood, Leavitt jumped at the opportunity and was able to fast track his coaching career in I-A football. Following the ‘89 season, Leavitt was named to Bill Snyder’s staff at Kansas State.

A native of Harlingen, TX, Leavitt is married to his wife, Jody, and the couple has two daughters, Sofia and Isabella. Leavitt also has another daughter, Deandra.

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Leavitt ranked as the second-best defensive coordinator under Bill Snyder at Kansas State

Kevin Haskin, sports writer for the Topeka Capital-Journal, put out an article this past December, “Ranking Defensive Coordinators Under Bill Snyder”. The article can be found here, but this is what Haskin had to say about Jim Leavitt, ranking Leavitt No. 2 all-time, behind only Bob Stoops, and ahead of the likes of Phil Bennett (who went on to be a head coach at SMU), Bret Bielema (Wisconsin/Arkansas) and Brent Venables (Clemson):

2. Jim Leavitt. Teamed with Bob Stoops as co-coordinators for Kansas State. In their final season together in Manhattan, the Wildcats led the nation in total defense. (Side note: The defensive tackle who anchored that unit, Tim Colston, has sadly been unappreciated and should receive lasting recognition from K-State after he was named the Big 12 defensive player of the year.)

 Leavitt went on to start a program from scratch at South Florida. The Bulls were successful. Leavitt was drummed out, went on to the NFL and served as Jim Harbaugh’s linebackers coach with the 49ers. That linebacking unit for San Francisco, when healthy, was the best in the business. 

Still, what Leavitt built at South Florida was phenomenal. At K-State, he wouldn’t sleep after a loss — for a whole week. He finds a way. If he gets hired again as a collegiate head coach, I like his potential.

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Leavitt fired by South Florida for allegedly hitting a player …

From Fox Sports  (January, 2010) … South Florida fired football coach Jim Leavitt after a school investigation concluded he grabbed one of his players by the throat, slapped him in the face and then lied about it.

A letter hand delivered to the coach and released along with a report on the three-week probe said the university’s findings were based on “independently corroborated statements of persons found to be in the best position to observe your conduct.”

“Coach Leavitt committed a serious violation of our standards of conduct regarding treatment of students,” university president Judy Genshaft said Friday, adding a national search for a replacement will be begin immediately.

Reached by telephone, the only coach in the program’s 13-year history told The Associated Press he was “disappointed” and the allegation was “absolutely false.”

Leavitt told investigators he has never struck a player and that he was trying to lift the spirits of a player who was “down” when he grabbed the player’s shoulder pads during halftime of a game against Louisville on Nov. 21.

But the letter athletic director Doug Woolard presented to Leavitt during a meeting with Genshaft stated informed the coach “your description of your conduct toward the student athlete in question was consistently uncorroborated by credible witnesses.”

The school also concluded Leavitt interfered with the investigation by having “direct contact with material witnesses … at a time you knew or should have known was critical to the review process.”

Leavitt, who was 95-57, just completed the second season of a seven-year, $12.6 million contract.

“I truly wish there had been another outcome to this situation,” Woolard said during a news conference.

… With Leavitt and South Florida reaching a settlement after Leavitt filed suit against the school …

From the Tampa Bay Times (January, 2011) … One year and three days after Jim Leavitt was fired, USF reached a settlement with its former football coach, paying him $2.75 million to resolve the wrongful termination suit he filed after his run as the Bulls’ only head coach abruptly ended.

The settlement, announced Tuesday night by USF and Leavitt’s attorney, Wil Florin, includes $2 million for “salary and benefits” as well as a payment of $750,000 “acknowledging Coach Leavitt’s contributions to building USF’s nationally respected football program.” USF said in its release that “non-state resources” will be used to pay for the settlement.

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

With more than 50 depositions planned by Leavitt’s attorney, the lawsuit would likely have carried into this fall, but the settlement could clear the way for him to return to college coaching. There has been speculation that he could return to Kansas State, where he was an assistant for six seasons before coming to USF in 1995, to join the staff of 71-year-old Bill Snyder and eventually replace him as head coach after his retirement.

… When Leavitt initially filed the suit, he sought only to get his old job back, but the fine print of his settlement makes it clear that will never happen. The settlement stipulates that Leavitt cannot apply for any job at USF “in any capacity,” and that if he does, USF “is free to reject and disregard it.”

Leavitt’s settlement is comparable to the $3 million that Kansas agreed to pay in December 2009 to coach Mark Mangino, who was accused of mistreating his players. Mangino had $9.2 million left on his contract at the time; Leavitt had $9.5 million remaining and was entitled to 75 percent of that had he been fired “without cause,” by his contract.

As part of the agreement, neither side is allowed to comment on the matter, and the settlement states that it should not be “construed as an admission by USF or Leavitt of any liability, wrongdoing or unlawful conduct whatsoever.”

15 Replies to “Getting to Know: Jim Leavitt”

  1. While I certainly can’t defend what Coach Leavitt did, particularly the lying/cover-up stuff, let’s remember that the incident occurred in the middle of a run on ‘bully’ coaches. Leavitt, Mark Mangino and Mike Leach were all canned around the same time due to outside pressure regarding their alleged abuse of players. A look at the 5 season records on either side of those firings tells the story:

    USF last 5 under Leavitt: 40-24
    USF next 5 post Leavitt: 22-39

    Kansas last 5 under Mangino: 38-24
    Kansas next 5 post Mangino: 12-48

    TTech last 5 under Leach: 45-18
    TTech next 5 post Leach: 33-30

    I have read the full investigative report on Leavitt, and it sounds like he did perhaps cross a line that any of us as a father or mother might not be too comfortable with. However, had it happened in another year, and/or had he fessed up to ‘getting carried away’ and apologized right away, I think he keeps that job pretty easily.

    For those that haven’t read the report, he approached a player who was hanging his head at his locker after a bad first half. He then grabbed him by his collar or neck and slapped him on the face twice. Whether it was to grab attention, or motivate, or punish is truly unknown, but it was largely an isolated incident by a coach who is known for intense enthusiasm.

  2. I think it’s terrible,” said Joel’s father Paul when he heard of Leavitt’s hiring. “He doesn’t belong with any kids.”

    … Paul Miller is outraged, promising he will call Colorado to voice his protest of Leavitt’s hiring.

    “To me that’s an injustice,” he said. “Why would you put someone like that [in power] who lied about an investigation, hitting a child?

    EXCUSE ME? A CHILD? Is USF Pee Wee football or was this child playing College Football? Its a damn shame when a coach has to SPANK the children for the over protective parents.

  3. Read the article. Remember when this all happened at USF. I live in NJ and at the time USF and Rutgers both played in Big East and waged wars vs. one another annually (Rutgers is answer to question “What team defeated USF when the Bulls were ranked #2 nationally). My biggest issue with the piece is with its headline. To my eye, it implicitly places blame on Coach Leavitt for whatever struggles the player with whom he had the incident has experienced/is experiencing. Given that Jim Leavitt spent the past several years 3,000 miles away (at least) in Northern California that characterization struck me as unfair.

    That being said, I’m not inclined to erase this incident from my mind’s eye. However, while I have windows in my home, my home itself is not made of glass. Do I think Coach Leavitt screwed up? Yep. Do I think he was/is entitled to a second chance to do something he loves and at which he excels? Yep. Presumably this is the only such incident in his file. Presumably CU vetted him sufficiently to be able to reasonably assess the likelihood of such an incident – a stand-alone event in a career that has spanned decades – occurring again. I trust the amount of diligence the Buffs put into their due diligence.

  4. Read the full CBS article. I think it was a two short sentence mention that Leavitt sued USF for wrongful termination and received 2.75MM as a settlement. I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t know how those things work, but if USF stood by their decision to fire him with cause, then why pay such a hefty settlement? Really happy that HCMM hired him, and just as excited about Tumpkin being brought on board as well. I’m really excited for spring ball to start.

  5. Sorry I’m a little behind on my reading…great hire and can’t wait for spring practice to start! Bring on the rammies!

  6. Yo Stuart,

    Hello from all the way across the pacific in China. Great write-up. The fact that Mac got Jim Leavitt and Joe Tumpkin shows that his recruiting skills apply to coaches as well. Indeed, these guys may very well be the most important guys to sign with Colorado this month.

    I’m very excited to get out to Spring practice when I get back home to Boulder and see these guys work. And I am more excited than ever about the 2015 season. I really feel that what the Buffs have been missing on defense is an aggressive and attacking style, and I think that is exactly what Leavitt and Tumpkin will bring to the Buffs. Their style excites players inspires them to excel.

    Keep up the great work.

    Mark
    Boulderdevil

  7. This is absolutely a home run. Leavitt’s USF teams were tough. Had a pretty nice set of bookend DEs towards the end of his time there in George Selvie and Jason Pierre-Paul. I think that these kids are going to love playing defense for him. Plus, considering the type of talent he was able to get to USF- having built the program from the ground up, I presume he can recruit at least a little bit.

    Interesting (not really) side note: Former ‘can’t miss’ ‘5-Star’ running back D. Scott, who started his career as a Buff, ended up finishing his college career at USF. With CU having now hired Jim Leavitt, I consider us more than even.

  8. Great hires, Leavitt AND Tumpkin. Impressed. Looking forward to fall.

    Will our secondary be known as the ‘Tumpkin Patch’ now ?

    Cant think of any Leavitt/Tumpkin puns of note. :/

  9. No “flag” at all. Nobody pays almost $3 million without the serious prospect of losing and completely embarrassing your organization, irrespective of what the language of the release or settlement agreement says. They all say “no admission” of liability!

    Great pick up with him and Tumpkin. Expeands the Buffs’ recruiting footprint and adds more boots on the ground and connections in Texas.

  10. Great work Stuart…. really great. Really happy with this hire…. just hope we can satisfy his “wants” if we have a banner “Bowl Year” this next campaign.

  11. Simply a home run. Automatically makes the defense better and brings vast experience and knowledge to the staff. The circumstances of his end at South Florida are a small flag but otherwise a pure home run.

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