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Former Pitt Coach Michael Haywood Files Federal Lawsuit

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Remember Michael Haywood?

The former Pitt football coach has filed a lawsuit today against the university.

He was fired back in January following a domestic dispute on New Year's Eve with the mother of his child in South Bend, Indiana.

The university hired him on Dec. 16, 2010 to replace Dave Wannstedt.

In the lawsuit, Haywood alleges Pitt violated federal law when they fired him and did not allow him to "explain and refute the allegations," according to a press release from his attorneys.

The lawsuit also alleges the university backed out of buying out Haywood's $300,000 contract with Miami University of Ohio.

Haywood is seeking $3.75 million in damages in addition to attorneys' fees and court costs.

On Dec. 31, 2010, Haywood was arrested and faced a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery after police accused him of roughing up the mother of his 21-month-old child.

He was placed in St. Joseph County Jail and was released the next day on $1,000 cash bond.

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