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South Florida's Jim Leavitt Shouts Out Loud: No More Tweets!

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer ISeptember 9, 2009

From the day he started, common sense and familiarity with the man told us, "no how, no way!"

South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt on Twitter?

Yep, there he was "tweeting" us at all hours, telling us he's out running or staying up in the wee hours of the morning sweating out  that next "push-over" opponent.

Whatever he was doing, Leavitt was, indeed, tweeting.

Now, it's all over, finished, done.

And if USF players and staff are paying attention, they might want to stop or cut back, at the least.

Why? Because Leavitt said so.

The catalyst was most likely the tweet from Bulls receiver Carlton Mitchell, from the USF locker room, prior to the start of the season opener against Wofford.

Mitchell and the rest of the team found themselves with a 30-minute delay, thanks to a storm that included lightning.

Of course, Mitchell took some time and tweeted about the delay.

Now keep in mind that Leavitt likes the media the way he'd like a loss from a Big East opponent. He also doesn't like information getting out in any way, shape or form without his approval. Fair enough.

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But now Leavitt is  through twittering.

"It's probably something I really don't want," Leavitt said of his players twittering before a game.

Talk about understatement.

As for Jimbo, "That's it for  me."

Many of his staffers have become huge tweeters. Hard to say where this will send them. But form says they'll most likely fall in line, no need to rile the boss.

Not sure if Leavitt is the first NCAA Division-I coach to quit the tweeter.

But odds are, he won't be the last.

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