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Pitt Fires Haywood

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,

"effective immediately."

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

football team."

 

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