South Florida fires head coach Leavitt amid probe he struck player

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt has been fired following an investigation of an allegation that he struck one of his players in the locker room.

Leavitt confirmed his dismissal, telling The Associated Press he was "disappointed" and the allegation was "absolutely false."

USF would not confirm Leavitt's dismissal, but university spokeswoman Lara Wade said all questions would be answered when the school released a report later Friday.

AOL FanHouse first reported the firing Friday. USF president Judy Genshaft and athletic director Doug Woolard launched the investigation last month after a FanHouse report said Leavitt had grabbed sophomore Joel Miller by the throat and hit him in the face twice during halftime of a game on Nov. 21.

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