The player's father went to the press and since then five USF players and staff members have confirmed the incident anonymously. Apparently the kid, a walkon, made a mistake on special teams. Leavit was pacing the locker room, grabbed him by his throat and struck him twice in the face.
Two days after the incident, Miller told his father, teammates and staff members he went to Leavitt's office to discuss the incident. Instead, Miller left feeling disrespected, threatened and intimidated, according to his teammates.
"Coach I want to talk to you about what happened," Joel told Leavitt on Nov. 23.
"Before you say anything," said Leavitt, according to what Miller told others in USF's program and his father, "just know I am the most powerful man in this building."
Leavit coached with Mark Mangino at Kansas State from 1991-1995.