Jim Leavitt has hired lawyers to fight his recent firing from head coach of the USF football team.

ESPN.com reported this morning Leavitt’s attorneys want Leavitt reinstated, saying Leavitt’s firing was unwarranted in that it was “contrary to the terms of the his contract” and violated Leavitt’s constitutional rights.

Leavitt, who was fired Friday for allegedly striking a player during halftime of the Louisville game, has denied any wrongdoing and held a press conference at noon on Monday at his attorney’s office in Palm Harbor.

The family of Joel Miller, the walk-0n running back who was the subject of the incident that led to Leavitt’s firing, has also hired  representation, hiring well-known Tampa lawyer Barry Cohen.