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New Pitt football coach Haywood charged with domestic battery

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Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011

New University of Pittsburgh football coach Mike Haywood has been jailed on domestic battery charges after an altercation in a home near South Bend, Ind., police said.

St. Joseph County police arrested Haywood, 46, about 4 p.m. Friday. Police said Haywood became engaged in a custody dispute with a woman with whom he has a child. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave.

The woman had marks on her neck, arms and back, police said.

Haywood is being held in the St. Joseph County Jail until he can be arraigned, likely on Monday, a jail official said. A judge could decide to arraign Haywood earlier, the jail official said
“The University of Pittsburgh is aware of an alleged incident involving head football coach Michael Haywood," said E.J. Borghetti, Pitt's senior associate athletic director. "The university expects the highest standards of conduct from its employees, including its coaches, and any breach of those standards is a very serious matter. The university will decline further comment until more complete information is available.”

Pitt hired Haywood on Dec. 16 to replace Dave Wannstedt, who resigned under pressure. In six seasons, Wannstedt went 41-32 and led Pitt to three consecutive bowl games, including the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 8.

Wannstedt came under fire for not leading the team to an outright Big East Conference title or a major bowl — those in the Bowl Championship Series. Making matters worse for Wannstedt, four Pitt players were arrested last year and two the year before.

"This was a rough year, on and off the field, and that's not indicative of this university," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said when introducing Haywood as coach. "We want to win championships, but we're not a win-at-all-costs program, and it's not a program that's going to tolerate poor player behavior.

"(Haywood is) a man of integrity, a man of character."

During that news conference, Haywood spoke of teaching his players to be "men of values, to be men of trust, to be men of integrity."

He said discipline would be "part of the culture" at Pitt.

Haywood arrived from Miami (Ohio), where he went 10-15 in two seasons and won the Mid-American Conference title this season. He also coached at Notre Dame, LSU and Texas, among other schools.

The Associated Press contributed .




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