Leavitt says he'll coach again, perhaps in NFL
Former USF coach Jim Leavitt is in Mobile, Ala., this week, which is home to the Senior Bowl but also an unofficial job fair for coaches seeking employment in the NFL.
Leavitt spoke with the Times' Stephen Holder on Tuesday and said he is open to the idea of coaching in the NFL if the opportunity arises.
"I do want to coach," Leavitt said. "I'll coach again somewhere."
Leavitt is in town to see three of his former players -- defensive end George Selvie, safety Nate Allen and cornerback Jerome Murphy are playing in the Senior Bowl -- but Leavitt attended the North team's practice on Tuesday morning, which suggests he's there for more than just support for his players. Leavitt said he would be back for the South team's practice this afternoon.
Leavitt told the Times in 2004 that he had a chance to coach in the NFL in 1996, after he had been named USF's first head coach but the year before the Bulls had played their first game. Vince Tobin, who had been Missouri's defensive coordinator when Leavitt played there in the mid-1970s, had been named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and asked Leavitt to be his linebackers coach.
"I wanted to be a head coach," Leavitt said in 2004. "The money was a lot better there, but it wasn't about the money. It never has been."
The Bucs had a potential opening for a linebackers coach, as Joe Barry left to take a position on Lane Kiffin's staff at Southern Cal, but the Bucs immediately filled that position Tuesday.