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Report: New Pitt coach arrested for domestic violence

Michael Haywood

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.

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27 Responses to “Report: New Pitt coach arrested for domestic violence”
  1. jaggedmark says: Dec 31, 2010 6:54 PM

    Could Pitt pull the plug on this guy?

  2. John Taylor says: Dec 31, 2010 7:08 PM

    I’m quite certain there’s contractual language that would allow them to do something along those lines.

    This has the potential to be O’Leary/Notre Dame x10.

  3. superfbfan says: Dec 31, 2010 7:10 PM

    Yea pull the plug…can’t lay hands on woman or anyone..its bad for PR…happy new year!

  4. superfbfan says: Dec 31, 2010 7:16 PM

    @John Taylor

    Or maybe Mike Price at Alabama…Classic!

  5. John Taylor says: Dec 31, 2010 7:22 PM

    @superfbfan: Good one. Had forgotten about Mr. Price.

    And I’m sure Tide fans thank you for bringing him up. ;-)

  6. WingT says: Dec 31, 2010 7:54 PM

    @superfbfan
    Mike Price was not involved with domestic violence. Actually just the opposite, he simply was making charitable contributions to a lady – 1 dollar at a time. It was very sad, the lady involved apparently couldn’t afford clothiing.

  7. burntorangehorn says: Dec 31, 2010 7:55 PM

    Ever wonder how many of these domestic disputes are cases when the guy’s carted off for hitting a woman who hit him? I’m not saying that’s the case here, because I have no reason to think so, but it’s a point of curiosity.

  8. 8dollarbeer says: Dec 31, 2010 7:58 PM

    This the quickest way to be hired by the Steelers. Ben needs a running mate!! He could beat them (young drunk girls of course), and Ben could rape them.

  9. John Taylor says: Dec 31, 2010 8:10 PM

    Mike Price was not involved with domestic violence. Actually just the opposite, he simply was making charitable contributions to a lady – 1 dollar at a time. It was very sad, the lady involved apparently couldn’t afford clothing.

    Comment of the Year. By far.

    THAT is the way to ring in the New Year…

  10. mchelfrich says: Dec 31, 2010 8:12 PM

    You have to take out Pederson as well… silly hire in the first place.. Might be the best thing for PITT in the long run, although its crazy enbarrassing! Stache’ for AD!

  11. edgy says: Dec 31, 2010 8:13 PM

    WingT, he’s not talking about domestic violence but the fact that Price never coached a game for Alabama after his fiasco, just like O’Leary and possibly Haywood. I think that Pitt probably does fire him and I would because I think that violence against women and children are at the top of my list of no nos.

  12. edgy says: Dec 31, 2010 8:15 PM

    Of course, Wing, I did like your comment. :)

  13. sportsfix4u says: Dec 31, 2010 8:32 PM

    Well noow Pitt has to find $$$$$$$ for staff number 1-2-3 if they fire this coach.
    BUT, it’s not true because we all know Pitt’s football coaches can’t beat anyone.
    Rumor on WV’s board that WV’s new coach offered Haywires son a scolly and he beat his wife for taking it.
    Happy New Year J T and the sunshine boys

  14. eskinsux says: Dec 31, 2010 8:46 PM

    If you click on the link provided, “was hired Dec.16″, read the comment by johnz1959. Obviously, this is par for the course for this man, and it’s really uncanny how he called it…

  15. pajoe says: Dec 31, 2010 8:47 PM

    HaHaHaHa, maybe it’s something in the Pittsburgh water. Sounds like Big Ben has a new clubbing buddy!!

    Maybe I’m stupid, but if she had red marks on her, must be a white girl? Wonder if that was disclosed in the interviewing process, Pitt sure has had some bad luck with coaches the last few choices.

  16. pajoe says: Dec 31, 2010 8:59 PM

    Very interesting point eskinsux. I did read the post by johnz1959. You know these type of guys get away with it for a long time before it catches up to them, just ask Big Ben.

    You would have thought Pitt would have done enough background checking to have picked up on this and would have known better than to hire this guy. Another Pitt bad choice, maybe Wannstedt should be the AD?

  17. tk1966 says: Dec 31, 2010 9:15 PM

    pajoe says: Dec 31, 2010 8:47 PM

    … Maybe I’m stupid…

    ________________________________

    Ain’t no maybe’s about it…

  18. ohnomrbill says: Dec 31, 2010 9:16 PM

    Take a look at what the players are doing this guy should fit right in

  19. igottz5onit says: Dec 31, 2010 9:20 PM

    Anyone notice that all the personnel that have legal problems in Pittsburgh all come from Ohio? Santonio Holmes – Ohio State, James Harrison – Kent State, Big Ben and Mike Haywood – Miami (Ohio)? Maybe they should stray further than 60 miles before recruiting the next guy.

  20. wvuandsteelers says: Dec 31, 2010 9:31 PM

    First off, do not take my comments as condoning violence against women. Take them as a WVU fan making fun of Pitt.

    LOL!!! You stay classy, Pitt.

  21. andyprough says: Dec 31, 2010 10:03 PM

    Idiots have lost half their verbal commitments since they canned Wannstedt – mostly to rivals like Cincinatti.

    Now they’ll can this guy and go grab some other meathead in a hurry – pretty much anyone they can convince to sign a contract for the low salary they are going to offer.

    This past month’s worth of decisions by the AD and President are going to cost Pitt 5 years or more to recover from.

    To top it all off, Wannstedt gets to leave in style by beating Kentucky in a week in a nationally televised bowl game. I’m sure the TV guys will spend the entire lead-up to the game blasting Pitt for their poor choices, ensuring that more recruits get turned away.

  22. nofunleague says: Dec 31, 2010 10:21 PM

    Guess he forgot he left Miami where thuggery is accepted. Just ask Big Ben. LOL

  23. Dug says: Dec 31, 2010 10:35 PM

    It is a big if and a but, but if she hit him and he defended himself and IF she called the police, he goes. Does not matter what really happened. Yes, been there and taken men to jail that clearly were defending themselves, however, the law in Oregon at least, is clear….it is presumed that the caller is the aggrieved party and once red marks or any other injury are observed the spouse/other party goes bye bye. Even when he smacked her for biting his, uh, manliness….(don’t ask, but it happened. I observed the bite marks).

    Haywood never should have touched her, they both should have thought first…he is the boy’s support…..no job, no support. Nobody thinks of the kids.

  24. mean13 says: Dec 31, 2010 10:38 PM

    Everything in Pittsburgh stinks.

  25. smokehouse56 says: Jan 1, 2011 8:28 AM

    Ah yes, those minority 13% hires. I’ll bet he wasn’t the best possible coach they interviewed. Smacks of the stupid Rooney Racist Rule. There are some great black coaches they could have hired, then there is this “thug” they hired. This is why they aspire to be another Penn State but come out looking like Hobunk U. Shame on Pitt.

  26. massivedick says: Jan 1, 2011 10:45 AM

    guess he’s lashing out after missing those late night film sessions with the notre damn priests

  27. burntorangehorn says: Jan 1, 2011 4:48 PM

    Everything in Pittsburgh stinks.

    smokehouse56 says:
    Jan 1, 2011 8:28 AM
    Ah yes, those minority 13% hires. I’ll bet he wasn’t the best possible coach they interviewed. Smacks of the stupid Rooney Racist Rule. There are some great black coaches they could have hired, then there is this “thug” they hired. This is why they aspire to be another Penn State but come out looking like Hobunk U. Shame on Pitt.
    ===================================
    You’re the one who brought up race and has made an issue of it, which appears to indicate that you’re the racist here.

    This isn’t the NFL, so there’s no Rooney Rule. And Haywood’s an accomplished, up-and-coming coach. I’d venture to guess that you wouldn’t be calling him a thug if he were white.

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