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Report: New Pitt Coach Michael Haywood Arrested

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- There is mixed reaction on the Pitt campus to news that the new Pitt football head coach is in jail.

Michael Haywood, 46, is locked up in the St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana facing a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery after police say he roughed up a woman in a custody dispute over their 21-month-old child.

According to St. Joseph County Police, the woman had marks on her arms, neck and back. He allegedly grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave the house which is owned by Haywood.

"I think Pitt needed more fighting spirit, but not against women and children," Mary Lovegreen, a Pitt fan, said.

Others are waiting to see how it plays out in court. Haywood is scheduled to appear before a judge on Monday.

Pitt released a statement about the situation.

"The University of Pittsburgh is aware of an alleged incident involving head football coach Michael Haywood today in South Bend, Indiana. The University expects the highest standards of conduct from its employees, including its coaches, and any breach of those standards is a very serious matter. The University will decline further comment until more complete information is available."

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