Arkansas State Athletic Director Dr. Dean Lee has been known for some great hires with the assistance of Carr Associates Coaching Firm.
The pair joined forces to bring John Brady and Tommy Raffo to Jonesboro in previous coaching searches.
Are the two up to bringing another big name hire to Arkansas State.
AStateNation learned Tuesday that one name that may be receiving consideration for the Head Coaching job at Arkansas State is veteran Head Coach Jim Leavitt.
Leavitt spent 13 years as head coach of the University of South Florida, where he built the Bulls into a dominant D1 program.
On January 8, 2010, Leavitt was fired after an investigation by USF officials found that he had struck a player in the locker room during halftime of a game against Louisville the previous November 21. Leavitt claimed he was merely trying to console the player and never struck him.
School officials found that Leavitt was not truthful about what happened, and also found that he had interfered with the investigation. ESPN's Ivan Maisel reported that Leavitt's interference, which included telling several players and coaches to change their stories, was the biggest factor in the decision to fire him.
The Tampa Bay Tribune reported that school president Judy Genshaft and athletic director Doug Woolard felt they had no choice but to fire Leavitt after he refused to admit he had done anything wrong.
On January 2011, a settlement of $2.75 million dollars was reached between USF and Jim Leavitt. The settlement includes $2 million for "salary and benefits" as well as a payment of $750,000 "acknowledging Coach Leavitt's contributions to building USF's nationally respected football program.
Enough of the negative stuff, lets look at what he accomplished in his 13 years as a head coach at USF. He took a 1-AA program and coached them to respectability in four years before moving them to D1. He had three out of four seven wins plus seasons at the FCS level.
In the Bulls first two years in D1 as an independent, the Bulls were 8-3 and 9-2.
His overall record as a head coach is 94-57, going to five straight bowl games in 2005-2009.
He is known as a very passionate, fiery coach and has a no non sense personality.
He would definitely would be considered a big hire, even a splash hire by some sports media outlets.
My question is does Arkansas State have enough money to pay him, in this case they may have since he is coming off a 2.75 million dollar settlement.
If returning to coaching and to the D1 is paramount for Leavitt, this might be his perfect opportunity.
Stay tuned to AStateNation.com for more coaching profiles as the search continues to replace coach Hugh Freeze as Head Coach of the Red Wolves.