Pitt Welcomes New Coach

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pitt officially introduced its newest head football coach, Michael Haywood, at a news conference this afternoon.

Haywood has been coaching at Miami University of Ohio and he was on Pitt’s short list to replace Dave Wannstedt from the beginning.

Known as a disciplinarian, Haywood led the Redhawks to a record of 9-4 this year.

“You have to be dangerous and relentless for 60 minutes,” said Haywood. “When you fall down and get knocked down on the canvas, how fast do you get back up? You have to be a physical, dominate football team for 60 minutes and the scoreboard doesn’t matter, you might as well just drape it because it never matters.”

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).

He is a 1986 graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in government. He was a four-year letterman for the Irish in 1982 and from 1984 to 1986.

Haywood served two seasons at Texas (2003-04) as running backs coach and co-special teams coordinator. He also served as LSU’s running backs coach from 1995 to 2002 and also was the Tigers’ special teams coordinator in 1997 through 1998 and 2001 to 2002.

Panthers athletic director Steve Pederson says Haywood was one of five people that the university considered for the job; but he was the only candidate that Pitt officials brought to the campus.

“I think a guy who just won a MAC championship in his second year and was coach of the year seems to me like a pretty big time coach,” said Pederson.

Haywood signed a five-year deal.

  • Hoss

    Good hire. Hopefully this disciplinarian will weed out the thugs that are prevalent on Pitt’s team.

  • Level Green

    “We are happy to introduce Michael, blah, blah. He is the one and only coach we were pursuing, cough, blah, blah. His 11 – 15 record over the past 2 years at the football powerhouse Miami of Ohio truly doesn’t reflect his, blah, blah. He is a perfect fit for our program and will allow us to dominate football recruiting in the Dayton Ohio area, blah, blah. His experience and vision will move the program back to the prominence that our fans and alum expect, cough, cough. Can someone please get me a drink…..”

    Hail to pitt….

    Maybe he can move Pitt from the Big East to the Mid America Conference…. We can win that conference.

  • Ponzi

    Was that the best PITT could do?? – a man with a recent record of 11-15, a man who was passed over by 3 other major teams, and a man who won a championship in a minor conference. Couldn’t PITT have taken just a little more time to find someone with better credentials?? What were they thinking??

  • Bill

    HERE IS THE PROBLEM AT PITT “STEVE PEDERSON” nobody wants to work for the guy, that is why they setted for a 3rd string Coach. He was fired by Charlie Weis at ND so what does that say. One day the people in Pittsburgh will wake up and get this Pederson guy out of there. This is a reall Bad guy just ask the good people in Lincoln Nebraska

  • Cup Half Full

    ND didnt fire Haywood you moron. Haywood coached Brady Quinn, Jimmy Clausen. Notice Weis didnt last long after Haywood left

  • Jeff

    Pitt is done, Peterson today signed their death certificate . I too am done , with Pitt football.

  • catnip

    you people said the same thing about mike tomlin

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