|South Florida's Leavitt signs contract extension through 2014|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 10 March 2008 14:14|
Leavitt started the Bulls' program from scratch 11 seasons ago and led the team into the national spotlight in 2007, when USF climbed as high as No. 2 in the nation and finished the most successful season in school history with an appearance in the Sun Bowl.
``What his leadership has accomplished is unmatched in the country with regards to beginning and developing a nationally recognized football program,'' athletic director Doug Woolard said.
The new contract boosts his salary to $1.5 million next season, up from the $1 million he was scheduled to earn under terms of a seven-year, $7 million contract he signed in 2006.
The Tampa Tribune reported on its Web site that the new deal will pay Leavitt $12.6 million over the next seven seasons, with his annual salary increasing by $100,000 each year of the contract.
Leavitt, who in the past has turned down opportunities to coach at Alabama and Kansas State, is 79-47 in 11 seasons. The Bulls finished 9-4 last year, when attendance climbed a nation-best 22,948 per game to 53,170.