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Haywood officially introduced as Pitt’s coach

Michael Haywood

Exactly nine days after Dave Wannstedt abruptly resigned (winkwink nudgenudge), Pittsburgh has officially announced the hiring of their next head coach.

The school announced the hiring of Michael Haywood Thursday afternoon, more than 24 hours after word first surfaced that the ex-Miami of Ohio head coach had emerged as the leading contender for the job.  The 46-year-old Haywood becomes the 35th head coach in the school’s history and, as noted in the press release, the first who is of the African-American persuasion.

“From my very first meeting with Michael Haywood, it was obvious that the qualities he exhibited were in line with the values of this great University,” athletic director Steve Pederson said in a statement. “Michael has tremendous pedigree, having been mentored by some of the very best coaches in the game. His history at outstanding programs with outstanding coaches gave him a rare combination of experiences and background. Most importantly, Michael is a man of character and integrity and will be an inspirational leader for our football program.”

“I would like to sincerely thank Chancellor Nordenberg and Steve Pederson for the opportunity to become the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Haywood. “It is an honor and privilege to join such an accomplished academic institution and historic football program. I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities we will have as we work to achieve our goal of a Big East championship.”

Haywood spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the RedHawks, and also served time on staffs at Notre Dame, Texas and LSU.  In a statement released by the school, and perhaps in an attempt to stem the massive tide of a fan backlash, Alabama head coach Nick Saban praised the hiring of his former assistant.

“Mike Haywood is one of the brightest young coaches in college football and he did an outstanding job for us at LSU. He certainly did a fantastic job at Miami in turning that program around. None of this news surprises me because of what he brings to the table in terms of his energy, his enthusiasm, his knowledge of the game, and his ability to recruit. I think he will do a great job at the University of Pittsburgh.”

While it was all rainbows and puppies coming out of the school and those connected to Haywood, there was one person who didn’t seem the least bit thrilled by the hiring.  In fact, he seemed downright bitter.  And whiny, quite frankly.

Even a former Miami player, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, didn’t seem all that excited about the news. The Steelers and Pitt share a practice complex on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

“He (Haywood) never reached out to me,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday. “I don’t really know him. I know what helped Miami, Ohio win this year, in my opinion, more than anything, is Brad Bates, the athletic director. What an awesome guy.”

Bravo, Big Ben.  Bravo.  How dare Haywood not reach out to someone of your stature.  Why, that’s downright criminal of him.

For some reason, the words “Summer’s” and “Eve” are running through my mind right about now, and I can’t quite figure out why…

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6 Responses to “Haywood officially introduced as Pitt’s coach”
  1. mchelfrich says: Dec 16, 2010 5:30 PM

    “Little” Ben needs to put a sock in it and just play football. At some point he’ll realize that he simply isn’t that important.
    I still feel that this would have been a good time for Pitt to at least show an attempt to re-emerge into the college elite by tossing some cash at someone like Chris Peterson from Boise State. But I can’t make any negative somments about Haywood because I simply don’t know much about him other than he worked for successful, albeit questionable character guys like Saban and Weis.

  2. edgy says: Dec 16, 2010 5:38 PM

    That last line made me spit up my drink and I nearly peed in my pants because I was laughing so hard.

  3. Slim Charles says: Dec 16, 2010 6:21 PM

    What exactly is questionable about Saban or Weis’ character? Saban seems like a bit of a dick and Weis is arrogant, but that’s about it, unless Weis was running dogfights in South Bend and I don’t know about it.

    Proposal: A three year moratorium on any use of the words “character” or “classy” in sports discussion. Tired, tired cliches. 90% of the time they’re just used to give a regular homer argument the air of legitimacy.

    Anyways, great hire for Pitt. I was one of like 3 people to watch the MAC championship game and was impressed by his demeanor.

  4. johnz1959 says: Dec 16, 2010 9:26 PM

    The sock you want to put in Ben’s mouth would be the matching pair to the sock Haywood holds. These two guys are one in the same. While Ben finds them in the bathroom of a bar, Haywood finds them on the campus of the University who employs him. He has and continues to have sex with former students from every school he has coached at. He even had a sexual harassment complaint filed against him at Lsu during his time as a coach there. So while you judge the character of Saban, realize that Haywood was taking lessons and implamenting them into his personal life.
    Ask any coach that he has worked for, along with the secretaries of the football offices and you will find that they all share one common link. Mike Haywood is a lying, cheating, scum-bag!
    If that doesn’t sway you, reach out to his relators who he sleeps with or the local restaraunts/bars and you shall find a woman with whom he has had sexual relations with. The staff at Pitt will soon realize what type of man they hired. The AD…”he is the type of man we were looking for”… if that man is a disgusting PIG, I think he is at the wrong school. I thought your mascot was a Panther? You can put lipstick on a PIG, but it’s still a PIG!!!

  5. Slim Charles says: Dec 16, 2010 11:52 PM


  6. pittman76 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:37 AM

    Roethlisberger seemed downright bitter and whiny? Really? Did you hear him say this quote? Did you hear the question he was asked? Look, I’m not a Roethlisberger fan, but this is making something of nothing. “Quite frankly”, Roethlisberger’s opinion means nothing. Roethlisberger left Miami years before Haywood was hired. There’s no personal connection there. I see nothing wrong with what he said. Was he critical of Haywood? I don’t think so. I’m not impressed with the hiring either, as is the case with many Pitt fans. Criminal? Come on now.

    And to johnz1959, where is all this sexual Haywood sexual nonsense coming from? There is absolutely nothing on the Internet regarding your accusations. If he was this predator that you claim him to be, there would be something about that out on the Web. Those are some pretty serious allegations without anything to back it up.

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