Public-records hearing on Leavitt case June 9
Attorneys for former USF football coach Jim Leavitt will present their case to make public the records from USF's investigation that led to his firing during a hearing in Hillsborough County Circuit Court on June 9.
Four key USF administrators, including President Judy Genshaft and athletic director Doug Woolard, have been served subpoenas to testify at the public-records hearing, according to Leavitt's attorney, Wil Florin. Steven Preveaux, USF's general counsel, has also been subpoenaed according to Florin, along with Sandy Lovins, USF associate vice president for human resources, who oversaw the university's investigation along with an outside attorney. Leavitt may testify at the hearing as well, and additional hearings for the lawsuit have been scheduled in court for July 27-28.
Leavitt was fired in January after USF's investigation found that he committed "serious violations" of the university's conduct policies. The investigation found that he grabbed walk-on running back Joel Miller by the throat and slapped him in the face twice during USF's Nov. 21 game against Louisville, then lied to investigators and interfered with the investigation. Leavitt has denied all the charges against him.
Leavitt's attorneys have since filed a lawsuit against USF, and the public-records hearing is a preliminary part of their case, asking that all notes, e-mails, interview transcripts and recordings be made public. The Times has also filed public-records requests seeking the same documents, but USF has not released anything beyond its original 33-page summary.