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Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 4:42 p.m.

Former Pitt football coach Michael Haywood apparently has settled his federal lawsuit against the university.

Lawyers for both sides on Tuesday filed a joint motion to dismiss the case.

The motion doesn't provide details of the agreement. Haywood's lawyer, Christopher Johns of Houston, Texas, couldn't be reached for comment.

University spokesman Ken Service declined comment.

Haywood, hired Dec. 15, 2012, claimed the university breached his contract and violated federal law when it fired him less than three weeks later following his arrest in South Bend, Ind., on domestic violence charges that subsequently were dismissed.

He was seeking $3.75 million in damages related to a clause in his five-year contract that required the university to pay him $750,000 a year if he was fired “without just cause.”

— Brian Bowling

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