Haywood Out As Pitt’s Head Football Coach

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – One day after his arrest on a domestic violence charge, the University of Pittsburgh has dismissed their newly-named head football coach.

Michael Haywood was released from St. Joseph County Jail Saturday on $1,000 cash bond, said an officer at the jail who declined to give her name. The charge he is facing has also been upgraded from a misdemeanor to felony domestic battery in the presence of a minor.

Pitt hired Haywood away from Miami of Ohio on Dec. 16 to replace Dave Wannstedt.

Haywood was arrested around 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a 21-month-old child, police said.

According to St. Joseph County Police, the woman had marks on her arms, neck and back. He allegedly grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave the house, which is owned by Haywood.

Haywood led Miami (Ohio) to a 9-4 record and the Mid-American Conference title in his second season with the RedHawks. Previously, he worked as an assistant at Notre Dame, his alma mater, under Charlie Weis.

The 46-year-old Haywood is considered an exemplary offensive coach and tutored several players who went on to NFL careers, including former Doak Walker Award winner Cedric Benson at Texas and Kevin Faulk at LSU.

Besides the Longhorns and Tigers, Haywood has also been an assistant coach at Army, Ohio and Ball State.

Following the news of Haywood’s dismissal, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg released a statement.

It reads in part: “To be clear, the University’s decision is not tied to any expectation with respect to the terms on which the legal proceeding now pending in Indiana might ultimately be concluded. Instead, it reflects a strong belief that moving forward with Mr. Haywood as our head coach is not possible under the existing circumstances. This is a matter of real regret for the many people at Pitt who had looked forward to working with him. However, head coaches are among the University’s most visible representatives and are expected to maintain high standards of personal conduct and to avoid situations that might reflect negatively on the University.”

The statement goes on to say that Pitt is reopening their search for a head football coach. Click here to read the full statement.

Meanwhile, reaction continues to pour in, especially as Pitt fans worry over the recruiting process.

“You can’t have a guy who is a leader of men go into recruits’ homes as your face, as the role model of your kids,” said Paul Zeise, the Pitt beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “There’s no way you can do that with even a shadow of a doubt about this guy’s character.”

Stay with KDKA for the latest on this developing story.

Comments

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  1. mckeesrocksguy says:

    Fire him please….you let a player go for hitting his girlfriend and rightly so…time for this guy to go.

  2. LB says:

    thank god he is gone

  3. way to go pederson says:

    Now get rid of Pederson, he has set back the football program a decade with this move.

    1. r hasek says:

      amen

      1. LOYAL EVEN WHEN IT'S NOT DESERVED says:

        LIKE NIKE SAYS: “JUST DO IT!”

  4. RICHARD ELLISON says:

    that was the right move everyone has got to be held accountable for their actions. A UNIVERSITY OF THIS CALIBER HAVE HIGH STANDARDS FROM THE PRESIDENT DOWN TO ALL IT`S EMPLOYEES. RE

  5. Bill says:

    One down one to go Pederson i hope is next !!!!
    FIRE STEVE PEDERSON

  6. billyd says:

    that was not the first time and bet your butt it wont be the last excellent move by the powers that be but it should have been IMMEDIATE

  7. dangle says:

    Godd for pitt. This man is a loser who would want there kid being being coached by such a lose3r. Way to go Pitt.

  8. Geoff says:

    One down 2 to go including the Chancellor

  9. nukev says:

    good move, how about wanny for pederson. I think wanny would be a good fit at AD,great PR man

  10. Tony says:

    Tulsa is the place to look for a real coach. he wanted this job.

  11. Gary says:

    Get Bradley on the phone.

    1. George says:

      Get rid of Pederson and Nordenberg then start a real search. You get what you pay for and this guy worked cheap!

  12. Vern says:

    Good move by nordeburg. Now we have to get it right this time…..and fast. Recruiting signing day is coming fast. We need to salvage some recruits

  13. sooner says:

    We like Pitt. & Tulsa but that would be a great choice for Pitt.

  14. Jezzabelle says:

    Michigan coach Rich Rod will probably need a job soon

  15. jr says:

    If HE was the best Pitt could do, shame on Pitt. Joe Pa for President

  16. Ted/Coraopolis says:

    The ultimate bad fire for a horrible hire. Fire a winning coach (45 wins) with stability and integrity and replace him with a 10 game winner (Mac Conf) with the morals of MAURY guest.. You expected something else?

  17. Chuck from Freeport says:

    I’m thinking out of the box on this one. Bill Cowher would fill the bill to the highest degree. Let’s rekindle that winning Pittsburgh spirit. Pitt could become one of the most recognizable sports universities in the United States.

    1. johnny69 says:

      You really think that Cowher would want a college coaching job that pays 10% of what a pro head coach makes???
      He makes more now working part time on TV

      1. Chuck of Freeport says:

        If you want talent and notoriety, you have to pay for it. A couple major bowl games could offset the investment. Change is one thing for the Pitt football program, but a “major” change is needed. Pitt does not need to be a resume builder for any top flight coach. Talent and experience is needed. A big name will certainly go a long way with recruiting. Pitt has to make a more assertive selection in coaching.

  18. Marty says:

    Can Jamie Dixon coach both teams?

  19. Sooner says:

    I am telling you , Todd Graham is your best choice for a winner.

  20. PittFan says:

    Story is now front page news on Yahoo.
    What an embarrassment…

  21. cracka says:

    Call your kids and hide your hoes, Haywood just got out of jail

  22. used to be a pitt fan says:

    Well the Chancellor showed he has one ball
    now FIRE PEDERSON and lets see if he has two.

  23. Monroe Milers says:

    Hey Pitt fans – you can hire Rich Rod – after todays performance he will be a goner at Michigan —

  24. tk says:

    I don’t get any of these racist comments? Where does racism come into this? He was arrested on domestic violence charges. Arrested people, not accused. He had a personal conduct clause in his contract, which he violated. He was an at-will employee, which he is now terminated. Nobody cried racism when Wannstedt resigned from pressure for not winning. He was under contract until 2014. For you idiots that cry racism, you are the reason racism exist. Claim responsibility for your actions. Educate yourselves, then talk.

  25. tk lover says:

    Hey tk wake up
    Haywood was hired because he is black
    Any idiot can see that
    You Hire the best person for the job-You don’t hire someone because of their race
    Maybe you can educate yourself before you talk moron

    1. tk says:

      Listen I called the guy a spare chucker.. Im talking about the morons that r saying he got fired because he was black?? Im with ya TK Lover this moron should of never been hired!! The AD should be fired also. This program is set back a decade because of this moron!!

      1. tk lover says:

        SORRY I COULDN’T AGREE MORE
        BUT I DON’T THINK NORDERBERG HAS THE BALLS TO FIRE PEDERSON

        BUT IT’S HIS CHOICE PEDERSON OR US

        YOU WON’T SEE ME IN THE STANDS ANYMORE UNTIL PEDERSON IS GONE

    2. BT says:

      I do not know if he was hired because of race or not, but just remember the last time a black head coach was hired in Pittsburgh the same thing was said. Now that he is a Super Bowl winning head coach everyone now know he was just a great hire. We will never know if Haywood could have gotten the job done at Pitt, but this is negative publicity for college football at the most exciting time of the year for college football despite the race of the coach.

  26. Jody L Sheftick says:

    There’s more to this story. I guess nobody is innocent until proven guilty anymore. Oh well, it’s just an embarrassment for the university. What a joke Pitt is.

  27. Joe says:

    Please call Tom Bradley NOW

  28. AD WANTED says:

    HEY PITT FINISH THE JOB FIRE PEDERSON NOW!!!!!

  29. Steve C. says:

    Coach Rod will not go to Pitt, I am certain that he will be welcomed back with open arms at WVU in some capacity. Why? Because we are dumb enough to do it, that’s why! I wish we had the nuts to do what Pitt did instead of taking a year to fire our coach!!!!

  30. BYE PETE says:

    PITT CONTRIBUTORS AND SUPPORTERS HAD BETTER WAKE UP NOW AND DEMAND THAT THE ADMINISTRATION FIRE STEVE PEDERSON

    WE CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER DAY WITH THIS IDIOT RUNNING THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

    START MAKING SOME NOISE BY CALLING AND EMAILING THE CHANCELLOR, THE BOOSTERS AND EVERYONE WITH ANY YANK

    OR YOU WILL BE STUCK WITH PEDERSON AND NO FOOTBALL PROGRAM OR RECRUITS

    THE SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE GREASE

  31. Mon River Towing says:

    at least Pederson acted fast in firing Haywood. If he had only acted fast in the hiring process this all could have been avoided.
    Nevertheless, there is a lot of egg on the face of Panther Nation today.
    It’s too bad Pitt hasnt played their bowl game. Makes it harder for them to bury this story.

    1. dumb ass says:

      Read the Statement
      Nordenberg fired Haywood and he made no mention of Pederson regarding the firing or the new search
      read between the lines

  32. husker says:

    If Nordenberg can’t do the job
    maybe it is time for him to go
    Hire a chancellor with some balls come on boosters what do you say
    the clocjk is runnin
    hire a competent athletic director

  33. mrs pederson says:

    MY HUSBAND SUCKS

  34. Shane says:

    If Nordenberg signed off with Peterson on Haywood they both need to go for change at Pitt.

  35. ByeBye says:

    Finally…Pitt does something right and fires the bum!

  36. 2059 says:

    ART WALKER JR. FOR PITT COACH, HE’S A WINNER!!!!!!!

  37. pitt fan says:

    all pitt fans need to threaten right now to not buy tickets or give another dime until Pederson is fired. 30 years with season tickets and I’ll lead the way. No tickets! No Alumni money! No varsity letter club. Not a dime until Pederson goes.

    1. burgh says:

      By the looks of Heinz Field on Saturday’s, Pitt Fans have already decided not to buy tickets. Better think of another way to protest the administration.

  38. Haywoods Dog says:

    My owner sucks

  39. Mark says:

    Good for PITT for making the right call. He doesnt deserve a great job if he’s a woman beater. COWARD!

  40. Mark says:

    Consider MARVIN LEWIS for the job. A hometown guy with a great background

  41. sweet caroline says:

    I agree not a dime until Pederson goes
    and if it takes a year with an empty heinz field that’s ok too
    Fire Pederson now or suffer the consequences Pitt

  42. Patric Emerson says:

    I say get Joe Farkas out there South Fayette AD great guy and a hitler like stachse!!!

  43. Zipperhead says:

    Rich Rodriguez back to WVU…Holgersen to Pitt.

  44. Ryan says:

    No Pitt, you can not have Brian Kelly.

    GO IRISH!

  45. Pitt Fan 2 says:

    I agree with Pitt Fan. As long as Steve Pederson is the AD, you won’t see me in the stands! Move Dave Wannstadt into the AD position and hire a real coach!

  46. farawayfan says:

    ” … said Paul Zeise, the Pitt beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. … ” the beat writer???

    As usual, the bleeding hearts start crying “black, racist, blah, blah, blah …” You need to use the correct “C” words …

    Character NOT Color
    Capabilities NOT Color
    Credibility NOT Color

    A “jerk” is still a “jerk”. Get over yourselves. This, along with all the rest of the situations dumped into the “racist” category is all about behavior not race.

  47. HAIL TO PITT!!! says:

    1 down, 1 to go…….

  48. Pitt Alum says:

    FIRE PEDERSON ……..NOW!!!!

  49. JJS says:

    FIRE PEDERSON AND NORDERBERG.

  50. Dr. Michael says:

    Its about time that institutions take a stand for moral decent conduct. Too many times these sports figures do as they want. Whats wrong is wrong. I applaude Pitt for canning him after 17 days. This conduct really displays the character of Michael Haywood. As he posted bail, he siad this isnt fair and the truth will come out. Whats not fair? Poor judgment, poor conduct? It is fair, you got what you deserved

  51. Rich Honsaker says:

    Pitt can only wish in their dreams to be like Penn State. NOW is your one and only chance!! HIRE the coach from Penn State…A NO BRAINER

  52. disgusted says:

    Why in the heck would Pitt hire a guy with a 21 month old illegitimate child in the first place?!!?? I could see if the kid was 21 years old and it may have been a youthful indiscretion that he learned from.

    For Pitt to have hired a 46 year old coach with a young illegitimate child to be a role model to our youth is absolutely disgusting.

    I have kids that will be starting college next year. They will NOT be going to Pitt now.

    1. HAIL TO PITT! says:

      To Disgusted: Grow up. Don’t want your kids @ Pitt if all it takes to disgust you is a child being born out of wedlock. This is about a goof-ball coach, not his child. idiot.

  53. old oantherman says:

    Hire the Tulsa coach, Todd Graham.

  54. Fritz says:

    Now fire yourself Steve. You’ve completely ruined everything Dave W. has accomplished since your first departure. You ruined Nebraska and now set back Pitt Football decades. I believe we have now lost 9 top recruits because of you.

  55. PITTJETDRIVE says:

    NOW WHAT! NO COACH, BAD AD, LOST RECRUITS. TRY TO SWEEP THIS ONE UNDER THE CARPET.

  56. pitt fan says:

    sounds as if the chancellor will continue to back Pederson. Rise up Pitt fans! only your threat to not buy tickets and not contribute to the university will get rid of Pederson. Read Paterno’s quote in the trib about an AD can fire one coach but if he fires two, he (the AD) must go!

  57. Ace Slick says:

    I’d say a different set of standards exists between the the coach and the players.

    What about all the drug addict players who we support with our ticket money, who steal, beat their wives, wreck their illegal motorcycle, rape women and are let off like they are above the law.

    Poor coach, he didn’t deserve to fired, maybe a little time off, not fired.

  58. Mon River Towing says:

    Why did they need to keep Wannstedt around the program if he hasnt been able to keep 12 of 19 recruits? The best thing Pitt could do now is overpay for a name coach which by the way is what they should have done in the first place.

  59. Rick says:

    NEXT MOVE…..FIRE THE AD !!

  60. SOONER says:

    I told you a few days ago that Todd Graham the Tulsa coach would be your best choice for a winner. Well I know he has been contacted by Pitt. and is very interested in the job.

  61. Donnie says:

    Rich Rod is available!

  62. 1stSgt Cox/USMC says:

    My God;

    Some people just don’t get it! All will suffer from this unfortunate incident, let’s all pray for the family involved. (Particularly the child.)

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