Michael Haywood

Report: New Pitt coach arrested for domestic violence


Ummm, Happy New Year?

There’s some rather disturbing news coming out of South Bend this evening as WNDU-TV is reporting that new Pittsburgh head coach Michael Haywood has been arrested for domestic violence.  Haywood, a former Notre Dame offensive coordinator as a coach and running back as a player, has a child with a woman in the area, and was arrested at the alleged victim’s residence Friday afternoon.

From the television station’s website:

Police say there was a custody issue and the woman attempted to leave.

As she left, police say a physical altercation broke out.

The woman told police Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her.

According to the police report, the woman had red marks on her neck, arms and back.

This alleged incident occurred just a few hours ago, and obviously there are a lot of details that have yet to come out.  On the surface, however, this is (understatement alert!) not a good situation for Haywood, the football program and the university as a whole.

Haywood was hired Dec. 16 to replace Dave Wannstedt following a stunning turnaround of the Miami of Ohio program.  Oddly enough, the RedHawks announced earlier Friday the hiring of Haywood’s replacement, Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell.

UPDATED 7:49 p.m. ET: Here’s the latest on Haywood’s situation from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Newly named Pitt football coach Mike Haywood has been jailed on domestic battery charges in Indiana, jail officials there have confirmed.

Mr. Haywood was booked in the St. Joseph County, Ind. Jail at 3:47 p.m. central time, jail officials said. No bond has been set, but his arraignment was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah