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Mister Pittsburgh
01-01-2011, 12:15 PM
New Pitt football coach arrested in Indiana
Haywood accused of attacking woman
Saturday, January 01, 2011
By Sadie Gurman and Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Newly named University of Pittsburgh football coach Michael Haywood was arrested in Indiana Friday afternoon after the mother of his 21-month-old child told police he "held her in a choke-hold" and pushed her during a domestic dispute, St. Joseph County police said.

Mr. Haywood, 46, former head coach at Miami University of Ohio, was charged with domestic battery and lodged in the St. Joseph County, Ind., jail after the incident, which began unfolding about 2:30 p.m. central time at his home on Hawthorne Meadow Drive in South Bend. Officers were called there for a "domestic violence situation" in which the woman said Mr. Haywood had choked and assaulted her, Assistant Police Chief William Redman said.

When officers had separated her from Mr. Haywood, she told them she was "trying to leave the house with the child and he didn't want her to leave," Mr. Redman said. "That's when the verbal turned physical."

He wouldn't disclose the woman's name but described her as a "girlfriend." He wasn't sure if she had been living in the home with Mr. Haywood.

"What their relationship is is kind of unclear right now," he said.

She told officers Mr. Haywood held her in a choke-hold and pushed her. Officers said they could see red marks on her neck, arms and back.

"That's the physical evidence to what she claimed," Mr. Redman said. No one else was injured in the incident and the woman did not seek medical treatment, police said. The child, Michael Christopher, remained with his mother after the arrest.

Mr. Haywood was arrested at 3:10 p.m. and taken to the jail, where he will be held until he is arraigned. Under Indiana law, people facing domestic violence charges can't be released from jail until their arraignment, Mr. Redman said. His was scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m. due to the holiday weekend, but it was unknown if a judge would see him sooner.

Jail officials said Mr. Haywood has been meeting with attorneys, whom they would not name.

In a statement, Pitt said the university "expects the highest standards of conduct from its employees, including its coaches, and any breach of those standards is a very serious matter."

A spokesman for Pitt said the school will decline further comment until more information is available.

The arrest occurred the same day that Miami University of Ohio named Mr. Haywood's successor. At midday, Miami announced that Don Treadwell, a 1982 graduate and former football team captain, would return to his alma mater to coach the RedHawks this coming year.

Claire Wagner, associate director of communications at Miami, said she and the school could not comment on the arrest of its former employee without seeing a police report.

The school's athletic director, Brad Bates, declined comment.

Michael Anthony Haywood was born Feb. 26, 1964, in Houston, Texas. He is a 1986 graduate of Notre Dame. He was the offensive coordinator and running backs coach at Notre Dame from 2005 to 2008, when he went to Miami of Ohio.

He was introduced as Pitt's head football coach on Dec. 16 by Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson, who referred to him as a man of "character and integrity" who had qualities that were "absolutely in line with the values of this great university."

Mr. Pederson spoke highly of Mr. Haywood's reputation as a disciplinarian who would hold players accountable and be a "good role model" for Pitt's players. He talked at length about the structure and discipline Mr. Haywood would bring to the program.

Those qualities in a coach were important to Mr. Pederson and Chancellor Mark Nordenberg because part of their reason for forcing Dave Wannstedt to resign -- along with his failure to win the Big East in six seasons as coach -- was a feeling that he wasn't tough enough on players who got in trouble and as a result had begun to lose control of the program.

Four players were arrested in less than a two-month period earlier this season, including one, freshman Jeff Knox, who was dismissed from the team when he was charged for allegedly hitting his girlfriend.

Mr. Pederson stressed the Panthers' need for discipline off the field and was looking for a coach who he believed would bring it to the program and he was impressed by Mr. Haywood's system of discipline and strict rules.

Mr. Haywood spoke of early morning practices, players wearing sports coats and ties to away trips, no jewelry or hats and zero tolerance for missing academic commitments or tardiness for team functions



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Crash
01-01-2011, 12:44 PM
He has to go. How can he sit in any mothers living room and convince her that he is the coach to guide her son?

fordfixer
01-01-2011, 12:53 PM
He has to go. How can he sit in any mothers living room and convince her that he is the coach to guide her son?
:Agree

SteelBucks
01-01-2011, 01:24 PM
He has to go. How can he sit in any mothers living room and convince her that he is the coach to guide her son?
:Agree

+1

feltdizz
01-01-2011, 02:04 PM
He has to go. How can he sit in any mothers living room and convince her that he is the coach to guide her son?

Most of the mothers would've been Steeler fans anyway... JH fans haven't turned their backs on him.

He will be fired... and I'm sure PITT is pleased given the backlash over his hiring.

Mister Pittsburgh
01-01-2011, 02:14 PM
Stupid hire in the first place. Whoever made that call should be shown the door as well.

I heard a rumor that Tom Bradley showed interest in the job, and his phonecall was not returned. If there is any truth to that, that is as dumb as it gets.

hawaiiansteel
01-01-2011, 07:55 PM
Updated: January 1, 2011

Pitt fires new coach Mike Haywood

ESPN.com news services


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.

"After careful consideration of recent events, the University of Pittsburgh has dismissed Michael Haywood as its head football coach, effective immediately. He was advised of that action this afternoon," Pittsburgh chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg said in statement.

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 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. Pittsburgh said it will start looking for a replacement for Haywood.

"We will immediately reopen our search for a head football coach, expanding the process to include a larger pool of candidates," Nordenberg said in the release. "Our goal is to move swiftly, but prudently, to find the right person to successfully lead the Pitt football program for what we hope will be an extended period of time."

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.

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.

Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson praised Haywood's character when he was hired last month, calling his values "in line with the values of this great university."

"His history at outstanding programs with outstanding coaches gave him a rare combination of experiences and background," Pederson said at the time. "Most importantly, Michael is a man of character and integrity and will be an inspirational leader for our football team."

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5978467

Steeler Shades
01-02-2011, 10:57 AM
I heard a rumor that Tom Bradley showed interest in the job, and his phonecall was not returned. If there is any truth to that, that is as dumb as it gets.
I'd love to see this guy get the job although I seriously doubt Pederson is smart enough to get it done.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/5587 ... om-bradley (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/558729-pitt-should-offer-head-football-coachs-job-to-penn-states-tom-bradley)

fezziwig
01-02-2011, 11:09 AM
If whe was mad then, he would really lump her up for calling the cops, smearing his name and ruining his career.
Given the chance I mean.

flippy
01-02-2011, 12:23 PM
When I first heard this, I thought Wandstedt got arrested. I didn't even realize they had a new coach. :oops:

BATMAN
01-02-2011, 08:32 PM
You know they had to fire this guy and nip it in the bud as soon as possible. Man, some people can't accept the good things that come to them in life by acting the way these sports people do.
Not to say it's just sports people but, they have so much to lose when they pull stunts like this.

There have been many times I wanted to back hand someone but I don't. Especially the boy wonder. If that kid ask me one more stupid question.............. !

Djfan
01-02-2011, 08:36 PM
There have been many times I wanted to back hand someone but I don't. Especially the boy wonder. If that kid ask me one more stupid question.............. !


He will Batman, he will. The stupid factor seems to increase into the teen zone. You gotta love it when they get mad at you for stopping them from being stupid. It's amazing teens are allowed to live.

hawaiiansteel
01-02-2011, 08:39 PM
It's amazing teens are allowed to live.


youth is wasted on the young...

Djfan
01-02-2011, 08:46 PM
It's amazing teens are allowed to live.


youth is wasted on the young...


Agreed. It is sad to think of all those teenagers out there, and yet to many catfish go hungry at night.....

flippy
01-03-2011, 12:02 AM
It's amazing teens are allowed to live.

If abortion were legal up until age 18, most problems would be fixed.

Crash
01-03-2011, 12:04 AM
Rumor here is Tom Bradley JoePa's right hand man could be hired as early as Monday.