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Haywood Named Head Coach At Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Miami (Ohio) coach Michael Haywood, known for

his fiery speeches and CEO-like leadership skills, has been chosen

by Pitt to succeed Dave Wannstedt as coach.

Haywood, 10-15 in two seasons in the Mid-American Conference,

held a series of meetings on campus Wednesday with Pitt officials -

some of which were spotted by students. He then returned to Oxford,

Ohio, where he broke the news to Miami's players at a late-night

meeting.

Haywood was the only known candidate interviewed for the job,

although Pitt also may have had interest in new Miami coach Al

Golden and new West Virginia offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen

before they took their new jobs.

Formerly the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Haywood was

1-11 in his first season at Miami in 2009 before going 9-4 this

season and beating Northern Illinois 26-21 in the MAC championship

game.

Miami was 10-27 in the three seasons before Haywood's arrival.

The RedHawks play Middle Tennessee State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on

Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala., two days before Pitt plays Kentucky in the

Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. Haywood is not expected to coach

Miami in the bowl game.

Wannstedt resigned under pressure Dec. 7 following a 7-5 season

in which Pitt was ranked No. 15 in September and was picked to win

the Big East, only to have numerous top players have disappointing

years. Wannstedt was 41-32 in six seasons, including 10-3 last

year, after being hired to upgrade a program that had gone to a BCS

bowl under former coach Walt Harris, but never reached one under

the former Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins coach.

ESPN.com first reported Thursday night that Pitt had chosen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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's hiring did not immediately excite Pitt's fan base or

 

 

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over for head coaching jobs at Houston, Minnesota and Washington.

The negative reaction to the hiring by Pitt athletic director

Steve Pederson was similar to that when Pederson, then at Nebraska,

hired former Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan to succeed the

fired Frank Solich following a 9-3 season in 2003. Callahan proved

to be a flop, and both he and Pederson were fired by Nebraska in

2007. A few months later, Pederson returned to Pitt, where he had

hired Ben Howland as basketball coach during a previous stay from

1996-2002.

 

chosen as the American Football Coaches Association assistant of

the year in 2005, but lost his play-calling duties with Notre Dame

in 2008. He has coached multiple positions, including wide

receivers, linebackers, running backs, defensive ends and special

teams.

Before being hired by Miami, the 46-year-old

Ohio U., Ball State, LSU, Texas and Notre Dame, working under

Charlie Weis, Nick Saban and Mack Brown, among others.

Wednesday. "I don't really know him. I know what helped Miami,

Ohio win this year, in my opinion, more than anything, is Brad

Bates, the athletic director. What an awesome guy."

 

students. Radio talk shows and Pitt-related message boards were

overwhelmed with calls and messages criticizing the hiring of a MAC

coach rather than one from a major school. Others suggested West

Virginia moved faster and more forcefully in bringing in Holgorsen,

who is regarded as one of college football's top offensive coaches.

Even a former Miami player, Steelers quarterback Ben

Roethlisberger, didn't seem all that excited about the news. The

Steelers and Pitt share a practice complex on Pittsburgh's South

Side.

"He (

and ties on road trips - the idea being that players who dress

professionally will conduct themselves on the field accordingly -

and for being a skilled motivator. His pregame talk before Miami's

23-3 victory against Temple was widely viewed on YouTube.

 

formally introduce him.

At Miami,

 

 

Haywood

formally introduce him.

At Miami, Haywood became known for making his players wear coats

and ties on road trips - the idea being that players who dress

professionally will conduct themselves on the field accordingly -

and for being a skilled motivator. His pregame talk before Miami's

23-3 victory against Temple was widely viewed on YouTube.

Haywood's hiring did not immediately excite Pitt's fan base or

students. Radio talk shows and Pitt-related message boards were

overwhelmed with calls and messages criticizing the hiring of a MAC

coach rather than one from a major school. Others suggested West

Virginia moved faster and more forcefully in bringing in Holgorsen,

who is regarded as one of college football's top offensive coaches.

Even a former Miami player, Steelers quarterback Ben

Roethlisberger, didn't seem all that excited about the news. The

Steelers and Pitt share a practice complex on Pittsburgh's South

Side.

"He (Haywood) never reached out to me," Roethlisberger said

Wednesday. "I don't really know him. I know what helped Miami,

Ohio win this year, in my opinion, more than anything, is Brad

Bates, the athletic director. What an awesome guy."

Haywood, a former Notre Dame cornerback, has coached at Army,

Ohio U., Ball State, LSU, Texas and Notre Dame, working under

Charlie Weis, Nick Saban and Mack Brown, among others. Haywood was

chosen as the American Football Coaches Association assistant of

the year in 2005, but lost his play-calling duties with Notre Dame

in 2008. He has coached multiple positions, including wide

receivers, linebackers, running backs, defensive ends and special

teams.

Before being hired by Miami, the 46-year-old Haywood was passed

over for head coaching jobs at Houston, Minnesota and Washington.

The negative reaction to the hiring by Pitt athletic director

Steve Pederson was similar to that when Pederson, then at Nebraska,

hired former Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan to succeed the

fired Frank Solich following a 9-3 season in 2003. Callahan proved

to be a flop, and both he and Pederson were fired by Nebraska in

2007. A few months later, Pederson returned to Pitt, where he had

hired Ben Howland as basketball coach during a previous stay from

1996-2002.

Haywood is the first black head coach in a major men's sport at

Pitt. Pitt is expected to return at least 16 starters next season

from a team that lost badly at home to Miami of the ACC and West

Virginia, was upset by Connecticut and lost non-conference games

against Utah and Notre Dame.

 

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Miami in the bowl game.

Wannstedt resigned under pressure Dec. 7 following a 7-5 season

in which Pitt was ranked No. 15 in September and was picked to win

the Big East, only to have numerous top players have disappointing

years. Wannstedt was 41-32 in six seasons, including 10-3 last

year, after being hired to upgrade a program that had gone to a BCS

bowl under former coach Walt Harris, but never reached one under

the former Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins coach.

ESPN.com first reported Thursday night that Pitt had chosen

The RedHawks play Middle Tennessee State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on

Jan. 6 in Mobile, Ala., two days before Pitt plays Kentucky in the

Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.

 

1-11 in his first season at Miami in 2009 before going 9-4 this

season and beating Northern Illinois 26-21 in the MAC championship

game.

Miami was 10-27 in the three seasons before

 

although Pitt also may have had interest in new Miami coach Al

Golden and new West Virginia offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen

before they took their new jobs.

Formerly the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame,

 

held a series of meetings on campus Wednesday with Pitt officials -

some of which were spotted by students. He then returned to Oxford,

Ohio, where he broke the news to Miami's players at a late-night

meeting.

 

 

his fiery speeches and CEO-like leadership skills, has been chosen

by Pitt to succeed Dave Wannstedt as coach.

 

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Miami (Ohio) coach Michael

 

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