SOUTH BEND (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh fired new football coach Mike Haywood on Saturday after he was charged with one count of felony domestic battery in the presence of a minor.
Haywood, a former player and assistant coach at Notre Dame, was arrested Friday.
Haywood was released around 3 p.m. Saturday from the St. Joseph County Jail after posting a $1,000 cash bond, jail records show.
St. Joseph County police spokesman Sgt. William Redman told the South Bend Tribune that Haywood had been charged with the felony.
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 his firing was announced, Haywood told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "It isn't fair. The truth will eventually come out."
"To be clear, the university's decision is not tied to any expectation with respect to the terms on which the legal proceeding now pending in Indiana might ultimately be concluded," Nordenberg said in the statement. "Instead, it reflects a strong belief that moving forward with Mr. Haywood as our head coach is not possible under the existing circumstances."
Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a 38-year-old woman, with whom Haywood has a child, police said.
The woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave her home in the 50000 block of Hawthorne Meadow Drive, in the Northwood Hills subdivision on South Bend's far northwest side.
A 21-month old child witnessed the incident, police said.
Redman said the woman had marks on her neck, arms and back.
Haywood played at Notre Dame from 1983-86 and was the offensive coordinator at his alma mater from 2005-08. He left Notre Dame following the 2008 Hawaii Bowl to take the Miami job.
The 46-year-old Haywood tutored several players who went on to NFL careers, including former Doak Walker 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.
He led Miami (Ohio) to a 9-4 record and the Mid-American Conference title in his second season with the RedHawks, turning around a program that had struggled before his arrival.
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."
Haywood was originally held in jail without bond, and was expected to remain there until Monday, when he is scheduled for arraignment.
But prosecutors brought charges against him Saturday, allowing him to be issued a bond, Redman said.
Redman said the Haywood case did not receive special treatment.
Haywood is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Monday.
South Bend Tribune Staff Writer Mary Kate Malone contributed to this report
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