Pitt Fires New Football Coach Mike Haywood

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Pitt University wasted little time reacting to the arrest of their new Head Football Coach Mike Haywood on New Year's Eve. Pitt has fired Haywood and will once again search for a replacement for Dave Wannstedt.

Here is information about Haywood's arrest and release on New Year's Day prior to being fired by Pitt:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Pittsburgh football coach Mike Haywoodwas released on bond Saturday following his arrest on a domesticviolence charge that was upgraded to a felony.

The new Panthers coach was released on $1,000 cash bondfollowing an incident at his South Bend home, said an officer atthe St. Joseph County Jail who declined to give her name. She saidHaywood was scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. on Monday.

The charge against Haywood was upgraded from misdemeanordomestic violence to felony domestic battery in the presence of aminor, the officer said. She did not know whether Haywood had anattorney and his phone number was not listed.

Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issuedeveloped with a woman with whom Haywood has a child, police said.The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by thearm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave.

Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said thewoman had marks on her neck, arms and back.

"The University of Pittsburgh is aware of an alleged incidentinvolving head football coach Michael Haywood today in South Bend,Indiana," the school said in an e-mailed statement Friday.

"The University expects the highest standards of conduct fromits employees, including its coaches, and any breach of thosestandards is a very serious matter. The University will declinefurther comment until more complete information is available."

Pittsburgh hired Haywood on Dec. 16 to replace Dave Wannstedt,who resigned under pressure. Haywood led Miami (Ohio) to a 9-4record this season and the Mid-American Conference title.

The 46-year-old Haywood is considered an exemplary offensivecoach and tutored several players who went on to NFL careers,including former Doak Walker Award winner Cedric Benson at Texasand Kevin Faulk at LSU. Besides the Longhorns and Tigers, Haywoodhas also been an assistant coach at Army, Ohio, Ball State and almamater Notre Dame.

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

"His history at outstanding nprograms with outstanding coachesgave him a rare combination of experiences and background,"Pederson said at the time. "Most importantly, Michael is a man ofcharacter and integrity and will be an inspirational leader for ourfootball team."

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