TAMPA — USF's investigation into whether football coach Jim Leavitt grabbed a player by the throat and hit him in the face during a halftime last month will have to rely on witness accounts, as USF said there is no video footage of the locker room during the incident.
The Tampa Sports Authority said Tuesday that there are no cameras in the locker rooms at Raymond James Stadium, and USF said no athletic department staffers were videotaping the locker room during halftime of the Bulls' win against Louisville on Nov. 21.
That's when Leavitt is accused of grabbing and hitting walk-on sophomore running back Joel Miller, according to a report on AOL's sports site, Fanhouse.com. Leavitt has strongly denied hitting Miller, saying he only "shook" him and other players in motivating them for the second half.
USF vice president for communications Michael Hoad issued a statement Monday saying that the university would "review the matter promptly." The investigation will be conducted from outside the athletic department, though USF officials will not comment during the process.
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