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If the news about Pitt's FB coach is true, he MUST be fired immediately
December 31, 2010 - Cory Giger
What a disgraceful situation for the Pitt football program.
If the bombshell news about Michael Haywood is true -- and we should not condemn him until we know all the facts -- but if it's true, then Pitt must fire Haywood immediately.
Domestic violence is not, should not and will never be accepted in our society. You don't put your hands on a woman.
If indeed the evidence comes out that Haywood did that, then Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson has no choice but to get rid of the coach just two weeks after hiring him.
And what a black mark this will be for Pederson if it's true.
The guy has been universally panned for butchering things at Nebraska when he fired Frank Solich after going 58-19 in six seasons and made a terrible hire of Bill Callahan, who was 27-22 in four seasons before getting fired.
Pederson has been lauded as a good AD overall at Pitt, but he clearly is clueless when it comes to hiring football coaches.
He may get another chance soon. That's if -- and this is a big if -- Pederson still has a job. This kind of embarrassing mistake in judgment certainly could lead to Pederson getting fired.
As I've believed all along, Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley would be a great choice as Panthers coach. Pitt will need a person of tremendous moral character after this debacle, and Bradley would fit the bill.
Of course, some Pitt people loathe the idea of having a Penn State guy run the program, but that would be much better than having someone who allegedly beat up a woman.