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Leavitt joins 49ers as LBs coach

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January

Former USF coach Jim Leavitt is back in football and has signed on to join the NFL's San Francisco 49ers as the team's linebackers coach, the Times' Rick Stroud reported Wednesday morning.

Leavitt, 54, was USF's coach for 14 years before he was fired in January 2010, accused of grabbing a player by the throat and striking him twice in the face during a 2009 game. He reached a $2.75-million settlement with USF in his wrongful termination suit last week.

A formal announcement is expected Wednesday from the 49ers and head coach Jim Harbaugh. We reported on Leavitt's background with the Harbaugh family and the 49ers last week.

In San Francisco, Leavitt will be able to work with one of the NFL's top young linebackers in Patrick Willis, who has topped 100 tackles in all four of his seasons in the league. The 49ers ranked 13th in the league in total defense and 16th in scoring defense. Leavitt will work directly under NFL veteran coordinator Vic Fangio, who was Harbaugh's defensive coordinator at Stanford and is now in the same role with the 49ers.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:46am]

    

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