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    Former Pitt coach Haywood seeking payment
    Thursday, June 30, 2011
    By Paul Zeise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Former Pitt head football coach Michael Haywood has asked the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and other state and federal agencies to investigate his firing.

    In addition, the law firm representing Haywood said Tuesday that the university owes him hundreds of thousands of dollars in contractual obligations.

    [IMGR]http://i54.tinypic.com/2r604ns.jpg[/IMGR]Pitt dismissed Haywood Jan. 1 after his arrest following a domestic disturbance at his South Bend, Ind., home. Haywood's employment was terminated two weeks after he was hired to replace the fired Dave Wannstedt.

    In a letter to the university, Haywood's attorney, Tony Buzbee of Houston, questioned Pitt's investigation of the domestic incident in South Bend and contended that the school was hasty in its dismissal of the coach. The incident, between Haywood and the mother of his 21-month-old son, occurred Dec. 31 at Haywood's house where the woman and child lived.

    Haywood was charged with domestic battery. At a pretrial hearing in February, Haywood admitted grabbing the woman during the altercation, which was over custody of the boy, and that she got hurt when she fell down trying to get away from him.

    Pitt fired Haywood Jan.1.

    In court papers filed later, the woman asserted that Haywood was not a danger to her or the couple's child, according to Buzbee. Haywood had the option of having charges dropped in a year if he lived up to terms of a pre-trial diversion agreement. The terms included a psychological evaluation, possible anger management counseling and 60 hours of community service by February 2012, Buzbee said.

    Pitt rejected that contention through this statement issued Wednesday by athletic department spokesman E.J. Borghetti:

    "When the decision was made to terminate Michael Haywood in January, it was done so only after careful and thorough consideration of all relevant circumstances. The university subsequently provided a full and public explanation of that decision, eliminating the need to discuss this subject any further."

    When Haywood was fired, Pitt chancellor Mark Nordenberg said the decision "is not tied to any expectation with respect to the terms on which the legal proceeding now pending might ultimately be concluded. ... moving forward with Mr. Haywood as our head coach is not possible under the existing circumstances."

    Haywood had signed a five-year deal with Pitt which, according to Buzbee, would have paid him as much as $7.5 million, plus other incentives.

    The attorney contends the university owes $300,00 to Haywood, the amount the coach owed to buy out his contract with Miami of Ohio in order to take the Pitt job. He also contends the school owes Haywood money for the early termination of his contract.

    Athletic director Steve Pederson said in January that a standard morals clause in the coach's contract enabled Pitt to terminate Haywood without compensation.

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    Default Re: Former Pitt coach Haywood seeking payment

    Athletic director Steve Pederson said in January that a standard morals clause in the coach's contract enabled Pitt to terminate Haywood without compensation.
    It's a done deal. Haywood has no case.

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