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

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So I was reading the list of athletes, coaches, community activists and other sports figures on Mayor Bill Foster’s newfangled “Sports Alliance” and it really is a Who’s Who of the Tampa Bay community…Fred McGriff…Gary Sheffield…Dan Wheldon…Winky Wright…Jim Leavitt…

Whoa! Jim Leavitt.  Ex-football coach of the USF Bulls Jim Leavitt?  Disgraced former football coach of the USF Bulls Jim Leavitt? Fired for striking a player Jim Leavitt?  The “the most powerful man in the building” Jim Leavitt? Lied to investigators Jim Leavitt?  Suing the university Jim Leavitt?  Read the full report of this incident — and Leavitt’s deceitful actions afterward — here.

This is who Bill Foster names to his Sports Alliance, described as “some of Tampa Bay’s greatest sports heroes and community leaders.”

I bet you Joel Miller, the sophomore Leavitt grabbed by the throat and hit twice in the face during halftime, doesn’t think Leavitt is much of a hero.

Mayor Foster needs to quietly ask fired, disgraced, investigated, lying, punching Jim Leavitt to step down from this board.

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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