PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — Michael Haywood was introduced as the new head football for Pitt on Thursday and he joined the Fan Morning Show to talk about his plans for Pitt. Haywood said his decision to leave Miami of Ohio was difficult one, but he felt better after his team gave him a standing ovation when he left.
Haywood already had his first meeting with Pitt players on Thursday and said, “walking into the room was a little tense, however as the meeting went along the players became a little more comfortable.”
Pitt and Haywood are “running into some walls” with the current recruiting class. Those walls are not with the recruits but with the NCAA. Haywood needs to receive waivers from the NCAA to contact high school players because they still have nine staff members along with Haywood and another coach. The NCAA only allows for 9 coaches and Haywood is currently in the process of interviewing the current coaching staff to see who will stay and who will go.
Haywood said he will not have a role in preparation for the BBVA Compass Bowl, but will “gain permission” from Dave Wannstedt to watch practice. He will also attend the bowl game but will be watching as a fan and not be on the field.
Some have described Haywood as the type of person who delegates responsibility to his coaches. Haywood, however, says that while he may have “CEO characteristics,” he is very much in the grind. He said he coaches a different position every day during two-a-day practices.
He also gives us an insight into his coaching philosophy on offense, defense and special teams.