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January 2, 2010
9:30 a.m. (Left Coast Time)
Image by esherman via FlickrI wanted to update the news on recently hired University of Pittsburgh Football Coach Mike Haywood, who was arrested on New Years Eve morning on domestic violence charges while visiting his girlfriend and her son in South Bend, Indiana.
Haywood has been TOSSED OUT ON HIS BEHIND and has been fired by Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.
The statement for Nordenberg reads as follows:
"After careful consideration of recent events, the University of Pittsburgh has dismissed Michael Haywood as its head football coach, effective immediately. He was advised of that action this afternoon.
“To be clear, the University’s decision is not tied to any expectation with respect to the terms on which the legal proceeding now pending in Indiana might ultimately be concluded. Instead, it reflects a strong belief that moving forward with Mr. Haywood as our head coach is not possible under the existing circumstances “This is a matter of real regret for the many people at Pitt who had looked forward to working with him. However, head coaches are among the University’s most visible representatives and are expected to maintain high standards of personal conduct and to avoid situations that might reflect negatively on the University. “We will immediately re-open our search for a head football coach, expanding the process to include a larger pool of candidates. Our goal is to move swiftly, but prudently, to find the right person to successfully lead the Pitt football program for what we hope will be an extended period of time.”
All I can add is, Amen. We don't need people like Mike Haywood coaching in College Football, or High School Football, or Pro Football. Every man is considered "innocent" untill proven guility. I stand by the American Justicial System. Thank you Chancellor Nordenberg for taking a stand against domestic violence.
I am off to Sportsmart to pick me up a Pitt Jersey. NOW this is a UNIVERSITY WORTH SUPPORTING! Go PANTHERS!