South Florida coach Jim Leavitt grabbed a player by the throat and struck him twice in the face during halftime of the Bulls' Nov. 21 game against Louisville, according to a report by Brett McMurphy of FanHouse.
The player involved in the incident is sophomore walk-on Joel Miller, and his father is a former Tampa police officer.
"You do something like that [on the street], you put them in jail," Paul Miller said. "Somewhere [Leavitt] crossed the line."
McMurphy's report says five other witnesses — South Florida players and staff members — have come forward, all speaking on the condition of anonymity because they feared Leavitt would remove them from scholarship or they might lose their job.
Joel Miller has not come forward. According to David Mitchell, who was Miller's high school coach at Tampa's Wharton High, the player feared retribution and possible dismissal from the team.