ChokeGate - Leavitt Has Only Himself To Blame

It wasn't supposed to end this way.  For the past 10 years it's been the Ballad of Genshaft and Leavitt at the University of South Florida... Genshaft, the first-time university president, and Leavitt, the first-time head coach, building a university and a football program hand in hand. 

And it didn't have to end this way if Leavitt had any sense.  One look at USF's 33 page report on ChokeGate and you realize that Genshaft and company were begging for Leavitt to adopt the Pink Floyd Defense... as in...blaming the incident with player Joel Miller on a "Momentary Lapse of Reason" -- which would have allowed USF to suspend him for a couple weeks and save face.

Leavitt, who must be one of those guys that would argue with a sign post and go the other way, refused to concede any point made by the Miller or the 20 plus other players who spoke to investigators.  

(FYI - the names of all the players who spoke with investigators are now floating around the internet due to a mistake by - who initially published the report in a form that you could copy and see the names of all the players)

To make matters worse, Leavitt told investigators he had no idea Miller was playing poorly when he spoke/choke/shook him in the lockeroom at halftime of the Louisville Game.  If that indeed is true - then Leavitt should have been fired for bad coaching.

Leavitt also spoke privately with Miller after meeting with investigators in clear defiance of investigators who admonished him not to do so. Add to that Leavitt's propensity for bloodying his dome by headbutting players with their helmets on and you see why Genshaft had no other option.

As for Leavitt, didn't he watch the movie "All The President's Men"?  The coverup is what sinks you. 

Add to that two of his buddies in the coaching fraternity (Mark Mangino at Kansas & Mike Leach at Texas Tech, both of whom were more successful than Leavitt on the field) were recently fired for similar incidents and USF had no other choice.

This report makes it clear that Leavitt has no one to blame but himself for his firing...

Until we meet again!  Dare to Be Great!