K-State open, but Leavitt 'fortunate' for USF
As you may have already heard, Kansas State coach Ron Prince won't be back for the 2009 season, leaving an opening that will draw a lot of attention to USF coach Jim Leavitt. Leavitt was co-defensive coordinator for the Wildcats before coming to USF in 1995 and was courted for their head coaching opening three years ago before getting a lucrative extension to stay at USF.
Leavitt's name is sure to come up again as a potential target for the Wildcats, and we asked him about the job after Thursday's practice. His response isn't an all-out "I'm not interested in the job" denial, but here's what he had to say: "You guys know this is my heart and soul. I'm very fortunate to be here. I think it's the best job in the country."
Leavitt's name has already been floated as a possibility for high-level jobs at schools like Clemson and Tennessee. Kansas State isn't as big a job, but it's a situation he's familiar with; the interest on the Wildcats' end has been established. Unless Leavitt dismisses the possibility entirely, speculation about his being a potential match there is likely to continue until the job is filled.