Leavitt: 'I don't have any interest'
Jim Leavitt's name is getting dropped a lot as a potential candidate for high-profile openings at Miami and Alabama, and while the Bulls coach appreciates the publicity, he said Tuesday he has no plans to leave the program he's built over the past decade.
"People know how much I love this place. I don't have to go on saying it," said Leavitt, who turned down a six-year deal, $9-million deal to coach at Kansas State last year. "I don't have any interest in anything. I'm pretty fortunate to be here, very fortunate to have the players we have. ... This has happened before. It's not really about Jim Leavitt. It's about this program, what our players are doing. ... When my name gets mentioned, it's a tribute to them."
Leavitt was offered the Alabama job four years ago but chose to stay at USF, where he's posted a 69-43 record in 10 seasons. His Bulls, likely headed to the inaugural Papajohns.com Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 23, are 8-4 after upsetting No. 7 West Virginia 24-19 on Saturday, and Leavitt said he welcomes the speculation, even if he has no plans of leaving Tampa.
"I'm glad my name is mentioned. I hope my name is mentioned every year, because that means we're winning," Leavitt said. "If my name isn't mentioned anywhere, I may not be anywhere."