South Florida ready to take next step, dominate weak Big East

Once, while working as an assistant at Kansas State, Jim Leavitt tied his bicycle to the back of his car and drove three hours to Iowa. But when he arrived, ready to participate in a triathlon, he realized his car’s exhaust pipes had melted the bike’s spokes. Without a bike to ride, Leavitt took a page out of The Goonies and borrowed a three-speed bike from a young girl.
When Leavitt tells the story, in that raspy voice that makes it sound as if he just spent four hours barking at officials, it comes off as both self-effacing and as a testament to his tireless determination.