Attorney: USF rescinds firing, puts Landers on leave during inquiry
The attorney for Myrtice Landers, the academic adviser who accused USF of racial discrimination and covering up NCAA violations, said Saturday that Landers' firing has been rescinded and she has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending further investigation.
Wil Florin, who is representing Landers as well as former Bulls football coach Jim Leavitt in their actions against USF, said that the university's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity has scheduled a mediation with Landers for Thursday morning on campus. Florin also said Landers has specifically named USF athletic director Doug Woolard as the "respondent" in her allegations of discrimination, which the university is now investigating.
University spokesman Michael Hoad reiterated Saturday that Landers was officially working under the oversight of USF's Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs and not under Woolard. He said it is common practice for university employees to be placed on administrative leave while they are involved in investigations from the DEO office.
Landers is 10 months short of being fully vested toward her retirement, and though she committed a secondary NCAA violation this spring and her personnel file shows previous disciplinary actions addressed as a "final warning," she alleges that other white employees have made similar mistakes without the same actions taken against them. She said Woolard told her she had been given a clean slate after that warning when Amy Perkins took over for Jo-Ann Nestor to oversee the academic aspects of USF's athletic department.