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.