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Barely on campus

January 1, 2011 - Mike Mathison
From an Associated Press story at 6:15 p.m. Saturday: SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pittsburgh fired football coach Mike Haywood on Saturday, a day after he was arrested at his home on a domestic violence charge. Haywood was released Saturday from St. Joseph County Jail on $1,000 cash bond, said an officer at the at the jail who declined to give her name, after the charge was upgraded from a misdemeanor to felony domestic battery in the presence of a minor.

Within hours of his release, Pittsburgh put out a statement from Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, saying Haywood had been dismissed, "effective immediately."

Pittsburgh hired Haywood away from Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 16 to replace Dave Wannstedt, who resigned under pressure.

Before the firing was announced on Saturday, Haywood told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "It isn't fair. The truth will eventually come out."

Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child, police said. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave.

Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said the woman had marks on her neck, arms and back.


Pitt had no choice in this matter.

The administration had to relieve him of his new-found duties.

They could not have the head of your most publicly-viewed national program with this hanging around forever.

It would have been really hard for Haywood to walk into the home of a recruit and look his mother in the face and tell her that her son will be in his care for the next four or five years.

Maybe the Panthers can hire Rich Rodriguez because there is no way he will be back at Michigan.


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