San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Jim Leavitt is relishing his opportunity to coach again.
After losing his job as the head coach at South Florida, Leavitt sat out the 2010 season. Just one week before Jim Harbaugh offered Leavitt the job, Leavitt reached a settlement in his wrongful termination lawsuit.
He settled for $2.75 million.
Reflecting back, Leavitt told Matt Maiocco of Comcast Bay Area, "The school doesn't pay you almost $3 million if they didn't do something wrong. You just don't do that, especially in South Florida, where we had trailers (as offices) and $90,000 for a budget for coaches.”
"So in my heart, I knew I didn't do anything wrong. That was a way to get through all of it. It was hard because that's where I grew up and I started the program."
Overall, Leavitt finished with a 94-57 record and 25-26 in conference play. Surprisingly, in Big East play, the Bulls finished third (twice), fourth (twice), and sixth during his tenure.
Now, Leavitt is $2.75 million richer, living in the Bay Area, and coaching the game's best linebacker, Patrick Willis. Sounds like an alright life to us.