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Mike Haywood was the football coach at Pitt for a grand total of 16 days. I don’t think I need to recap what happened, as it was pretty well documented everywhere. 16 days, middle school relationships last longer than that. But apparently this isn’t over, at least not according to Haywood and his team of lawyers. News broke last night that Haywood has requested the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and other state and federal agencies to investigate the university’s firing of him.
The Post-Gazette has an interesting article here regarding this. There are a couple of points which jumped out to me:
“The day after Haywood was arrested, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg met with key members of the administration and some of the university lawyers. It was decided unanimously that Haywood should not only be fired, he should have his contract terminated without any further compensation because his actions violated the morals clause of his contract.”
So this wasn’t decided over a couple of beers at Hemingways? Who would of thought?
…Nordenberg, the former Dean of Pitt’s Law school and thus presumably has a keen understanding and significant experience with the law and legal matters…
Hmmmm…former Dean of Law School. Nope, he doesn’t know anything about contracts, nothing at all. (Oh wait, this is the internet, let me be clear that that sentence is sarcasm).
After Haywood’s termination Steve Pederson, our great and fearless Athletic Director, stated publicly that Haywood was terminated due to the morals clause in his contract. He also stated that all coaches have similar clauses in their contracts. I’ll take this opportunity to note that Jamie Dixon pulls people from their wrecked cars on the side of the road. Just sayin’.
I’m not sure how all of this will end, but I feel pretty confident that the lawyers the University employs know their stuff. Regardless, something tells me this legal battle will last longer than Haywood’s career as head coach here at Pitt.