SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Pittsburgh fired football coach Mike
Haywood on Saturday, a day after he was arrested at his home on a
domestic violence charge.
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
Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, saying Haywood had been dismissed,
Pittsburgh hired Haywood away from Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 16 to
replace Dave Wannstedt, who resigned under pressure.
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
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