Michael Haywood Fired

January 1 was the target date for Pitt's potential BCS bowl game. Instead, Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg fired head football coach Michael Haywood in recent light of his arrest in South Bend on Friday.

Pitt announced through a statement released on Friday night that they would refrain from commenting on Michael Haywood's Friday arrest until receiving further information.

Apparently, Pitt got all the info they needed. Chancellor Mark Nordenberg has intervened, and has dismissed Haywood two and a half hours after Haywood posted 10 percent of his $10,000 bond and was released from a South Bend, Indiana jail.

Here is Nordenberg's official statement:

"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.

"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."


"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.

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