05/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Former Coach Sues U Of South Florida For Breach Of Contract

Former football coach Jim Leavitt filed a lawsuit against the University and its athletics foundation Monday, citing a breach of contract and the refusal to comply with Florida public records laws.

Leavitt, fired with cause on Jan. 8, filed the suit claiming that his termination was illegal, "based on hearsay allegations," and not as fair and thorough as the University claims it was, said Leavitt's attorney Wil Florin.

"They signed a contract, they shook hands on it, and under those promises, he is entitled to an excess of $7 million in severance payments fired (without) cause," Florin said Monday.

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