01-01-2011, 08:12 PM #1
PA - Pitt fires new coach after domestic violence charge
Pitt's Haywood fired after arrest
Pittsburgh fired football coach Mike Haywood on Saturday, a day after he was arrested at his home on a domestic violence charge.
Haywood was released Saturday from St. Joseph County Jail on $1,000 cash bond, said an officer at the at the jail who declined to give her name, after the charge was upgraded from a misdemeanor to felony domestic battery in the presence of a minor.
Within hours of his release, Pittsburgh put out a statement from Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg, saying Haywood had been dismissed, "effective immediately."
Before the firing was announced on Saturday, Haywood told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "It isn't fair. The truth will eventually come out."
Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child, police said. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave.
Pttsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson praised Haywood's character when he was hired last month, calling his values "in line with the values of this great university."