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Tampa Tribune: Jim Leavitt’s appointment to St. Petersburg Sports Alliance not a hit with everyone

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Scott Carter, the beat reporter for the USF Bulls links up to my post about how completely inappropriate it is to have ex USF football coach Jim Leavitt on St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster’s Sports Alliance, which is touted as “some of Tampa Bay’s greatest sports heroes.”  Carter writes:

Maybe St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster isn’t a big football fan. Maybe he was on a European vacation in January and missed a lot of the drama. Whatever the case, St. Petersburg resident Peter Schorsch asks the following question on his blog, cleverly titled St. Petersblog 2.0:

Why is disgraced ex-USF football coach Jim Leavitt part of Mayor Bill Foster’s newfangled sports alliance?

In case you missed the announcement, Foster named Leavitt and 41 other community and sports figures to the inaugural St. Petersburg Sports Alliance last week. The committee’s goal is to promote St. Petersburg as a top destination for major sporting events.

Leavitt is a native of St. Petersburg and made his name in the college football world by building USF’s football program from the ground up. However, Leavitt’s tenure at USF ended in January when the school fired him for misconduct related to an incident with running back Joel Miller during halftime of the Nov. 21 game against Louisville.

More than one person mentioned to me that they considered it strange timing to name Leavitt to the sports alliance by Foster. The blog by Schorsch, executive editor of St. Petersblog 2.0, landed in my e-mail box Tuesday afternoon.

Continue reading the rest of Carter’s post here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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