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Pitt's Chas Alecxih slams Michael Haywood

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011

Pitt senior defensive tackle Chas Alecxih was concerned about the program "crumbling" a year ago, but when Michael Haywood was fired he said, "I was happy."

"A real (jerk), that guy," Alecxih said.

Alecxih, who will play his final home game Saturday against Syracuse, said Haywood did not make a good impression during his first and only meeting with players in December.

"You should have seen our first meeting," Alecxih said. "He came in with a wrinkled suit, the worst suit I had ever seen. It looked like he had picked it up at Goodwill.

"He said, 'Do me a favor, everybody sit up in your chairs.' Basically, he told us we owed him something. Very arrogant.

"We walked out of the meeting and we said, 'Wow, that's going to be our next head coach?' When he got fired (after he was arrested on a domestic abuse charge), I was happy."

Haywood's attorney Tony Buzbee did not return calls seeking comment.

Alecxih said the situation changed almost immediately when Todd Graham was hired to replace Haywood.

"My first impression was he was confident in himself, he was real confident in the program," Alecxih said. "(He) came in and said, 'You had a great coach before (Dave Wannstedt), which we did, but we're going to take this program to the next level. He told us he had a plan and we needed to trust him."

The season has turned into a disappointment, but Alecxih said, "I have grown as a person and I feel like a lot of my teammates have grown as people.

"Things are going to be on the rise in the future, too. Watch out."




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