Santa Clara, CA-- Former USF head coach Jim Leavitt is loving life in Northern California, as his San Francisco 49ers prepare for Super Bowl XLVII.
"We've been grinding for 2 days already," Leavitt told 10 News in a telephone interview on Tuesday. "I'm just taking a little break from watching tape of the Ravens and Joe Flacco."
With the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl again, the team's linebackers coach is in a terrific situation. He's coaching for a guy he really likes in Jim Harbaugh, on an outstanding team. The NFL has really worked out well for him, after a rocky end to his 13-year career at USF.
"I had a few opportunities in college, but when Jim Harbaugh called, I wanted to experience the NFL," Leavitt told 10 News. "The 49ers are such a great organization, and I'm very close to Eddie DeBartolo and his daughter Lisa, and that connection is very good for me."
As much as Leavitt likes the 49ers, would he ever consider a return to a college head coaching job?"
"I've been offered some head jobs in Division 1, but it just hasn't been the right fit for me. Right now, I'm loving California, I like the NFL, the coaches are great, I really enjoy Coach Harbaugh. But if the right thing came along, then yes, I would.. andI feel like I'll be coaching another 30 or 40 years."
The 49ers will face the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, Sunday, Feb. 3, in New Orleans. The game will be seen on CBS and 10 News, with a 6:30pm kickoff.