PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 16: The new University of Pittsburgh head football coach Mike Haywood speaks during a press conference on December 16 2010 at the University of Pittsburgh Panthers South Side training facility in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Mike Haywood Contesting Pitt Firing, Asks State To Investigate

The Pittsburgh Panthers replaced short-lived Dave Wannstedt successor Mike Haywood with Tulsa coach Todd Graham.

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Mike Haywood Reportedly Claiming Race As Factor In Pitt Firing

When last we left our intrepid hero Mike Haywood, he was lobbing chilly letters at state officials over his unceremonious ousting at Pitt, following the surfacing of certain unsavory domestic violence charges against his person, a plan of action that mostly served to remind us all how Mike Haywood got fired. His new plan of attack involves claiming his firing was racially motivated, which rings odd since he was, y'know, hired in the first place. Our Pitt blog finds this all a touch suspicious:

Look, I'll never say something happened for sure when I really don't have any idea. But I have a hard time believing race played even a small part in this. In fact, it's so far fetched in my opinion that it's barely worth addressing. But, essentially, it can come back to this: If Pitt had any racial motivation in its hiring/firing, why would they have hired him in the first place while many other more popular white candidates were out there (i.e.Tom Bradley)?

As a black man who went to Pitt, I've got to say that I think the school does a pretty good job of not only promoting diversity, but going out of their way to do so.

For more Panthers news and discussion, visit SB Nation's Cardiac Hill


Pitt Officially Introduces Todd Graham As New Head Coach

Multiple reports named Tulsa’s Todd Graham as the new Pitt Panther head coach today. The University made it official with an announcement by AD Steve Pederson:

"We are thrilled that Todd Graham has agreed to become the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh," said Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson in a statement. "His innovative, creative and energized approach to football makes him an exciting leader for our program. He has a proven track record of success at all levels of football and his wealth of experience on both sides of the ball gives him a unique set of credentials."
"My family and I are honored to join such a prestigious university and rich football tradition like the University of Pittsburgh," Graham said in a statement. "Pittsburgh is a tremendous football city with great fans. We will work diligently every day to earn their respect and build a program that competes for and wins championships. I’m also excited to return to the Big East, a conference that plays tremendous football."

No time for a honeymoon, Todd. You’ve got a recruiting class to rebuild and a fanbase to re-invigorate after a couple crazy weeks.

Follow updates on Graham and Pitt football at Cardiac Hill and SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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