USF Just Concerned with Basics

By Morgan, Marlon W. | The Florida Times Union, August 25, 1996 | Go to article overview

USF Just Concerned with Basics


Morgan, Marlon W., The Florida Times Union


Jim Leavitt sat quietly and listened as college football coaches

from across the state discussed the upcoming season with the media.

There was Steve Spurrier of Florida talking about how his Gators

would be back after getting trounced by Nebraska in the Fiesta

Bowl. Bobby Bowden of Florida State joked of Pooh Bear Williams'

passion for food. And Miami's Butch Davis was interrogated in

regard to all the suspensions his program endured during the

off-season.

Coaches from Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman and Central Florida

talked about returning players, the schedule and what the

outlook was like.

When it was Leavitt's turn to take the podium, the newly

appointed South Florida coach had different things on his mind.

"I'm more concerned about our pumps working so our grass can

get watered every day," Leavitt said. "Our goal posts just got

painted and our fences just went up. It's a whole different way

of looking at things."

Leavitt, 39, has a set of concerns no other coach in the

country has. The St. Petersburg native has the task of building

a program from scratch. South Florida will begin playing in 1997

at the Division I-AA level.

Leavitt, the former co-defensive coordinator at Kansas State

along with Bobby Stoops, now the defensive coordinator at

In February, South Florida announced its first signing class, a

group of 36 players of whom 18 received scholarships. …

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