From appearances, former South Florida coach Jim Leavitt is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, a rugged individual who grabs the first T-shirt on the dirty pile before heading off to practice. It's football, baby, and nothing else really matters.
Then came this image of Leavitt's closet, part of the real estate posting of his 4,528-square-foot Harbor Island home that he put on the market Jan. 8, shortly after he was fired.
Leavitt, who is suing the university for $7.1 million in back pay, now plans to keep the home.
"You know, I kind of like the place,'' Leavitt told Scott Carter of the Tampa Tribune. "I've had a couple of people show interest, but right now I plan to stay here, so I took it off [the market]. I want to stay in the area and close to my parents. They are both in their 80s and it's important to me to stay close to them.''
Leavitt bought the home in 2006 for $1.7 million. He was asking $1.6 million, but the real estate market in the Tampa area — like many parts of the country — remains sluggish.