Haywood Could Be In Running To Replace Wannstedt

By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A week after getting rid of Dave Wannstedt, it looks like Pitt is zeroing in on their next head football coach.

According to Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Miami University of Ohio head coach Michael Haywood is in town and could be the pick. Reportedly, Haywood was on campus Tuesday and interviewed with Pitt.

It’s looking like Haywood could be offered the head coaching position today.

Here’s some background on Haywood:

He’s in his second season as coach at Miami, Ohio. In his first season, he went 1-11, but rebounded to go an impressive 9-4, winning the MAC Conference.

The 46-year-old has experience at some big-time football schools. Prior to becoming head coach at Miami of Ohio, Haywood was offensive coordinator at Notre Dame (2005-08).

Here’s the other schools he’s been with:

  • Notre Dame (2005-08)
  • Texas, RB coach, (2003-04)
  • LSU, RB coach (1995-2002)
  • Ball State, WR/RB coach (1993-94)
  • Ohio U., LB coach (1991-92)
  • Army, DE/DB coach (1989-1990)

Haywood also played college football for Notre Dame from 1984-86.

Once again this isn’t official, but Haywood appears to be a strong candidate to replace Wannstedt.

Listen to Paul Zeise on 93-7 The Fan Morning Show:


One Comment

  1. Mary in Murrysville says:

    Miami U. IS known as the Cradle of Coaches so that’s a good sign. So many have gone on to great success from Miami.

  2. paul says:

    Haywood is a safe choice. Excellent background

  3. Kevin says:

    Mary, he is from Miami of Ohio not Miami, FLA. It’s a bad choice for a coach. He’s not a winner.

  4. Mary in Murrysville says:

    Kevin, I. KNOW he’s from Ohio. Did you even look at what he did there? He Is a winner. Not saying he’s necessarily the best guy for the job, but he might be a good fit.

  5. Level Green says:

    He is 10 – 15 as a head coach at Miami of Ohio. Not exactly Division 1A caliber but if Pitt waits any longer choosing Coach Dave’s replacement, they will be in real trouble.

    I’m sure the AD will paint him as their pick all along….yea right.

  6. rich says:

    Bad move,,if you want him you might as well keep wandstett

  7. slmcdo says:

    a joke – they should go hard after Bradley from Penn State – he is never gonna get joepa’s job and he is a great recruiter

  8. class of 1980 says:

    If he doesn’t pan out then Pitt has to make sure AD Pederson is held responsible and the same thing that happened to him at Nebraska needs to happen here!

  9. Pathfinder says:

    Not a real strong candidate with coaching at a lower level and puts up a loosing record after only 2 years. Really – this is the BEST that they can come up with……Prior to that he was with ND who were HORRIBLE…. not a real good track record for a guy that is a stretch to begin with.

  10. Michael says:

    fans despised hiring of Chizek at Auburn, 2 yrs.later, playing for nat’l championship!

    1. Pathfinder says:

      Genius Michael: Chizek was @ Iowa State for 2 years prior to Auburn but prior to that he was at WINNING programs TEXAS 2yrs as Asst Head Coach (National Champs) and Auburn for 3 years. Proven track record in Winning programs. Granted Cyclones are a ? but have they ever been a winner? Bottom line is Pitt could have got a much better option.

  11. ROJO says:

    Quit crying Pitt fans. I bet you whiners cried when Pederson hired Howland to turn around the basketball program. Turned out pretty good. I bet you whiners don’t go to the games either. If Pitt had real fans, that stadium would be filled every week. Almost ashamed to be a Pitt fan.

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