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January 1, 2011 - John Mehno
Michael Haywood, introduced as Pitt's new football coach on Dec. 16, was arrested in Indiana on charges of domestic battery on Dec. 31.
When Haywood was hired, athletic director Steve Pederson stressed the need for structure and discipline in the football program, a reaction to the arrests of several players.
In that context, Pitt has no choice but to void Haywood's contract and reopen the search for Dave Wannstedt's successor.
Haywood is entitled to due process, and there are at least two sides to every story. But after emphasizing discipline and personal accountability in the football program, Pitt can't have a coach who's just had a police mug shot taken.
It's up to Chancellor Mark Nordenberg to determine if Pederson should be making the decision on the new coach.