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New Pitt coach arrested

MIKE HAYWOOD Arrested at his home MIKE HAYWOOD
Arrested at his home
Associated Press / January 1, 2011

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New Pittsburgh coach Mike Haywood was jailed yesterday on a domestic violence charge after a struggle at his South Bend, Ind., home.

Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave.

Redman said the woman had marks on her neck, arms, and back. Haywood will be held without bond in the St. Joseph County jail until he goes before a judge. Redman said that might occur over the weekend, but no later than Monday.

Pittsburgh hired Haywood Dec. 16 to replace Dave Wannstedt, who resigned under pressure. Haywood led Miami (Ohio) to a 9-4 record this season and the Mid-American Conference championship.

Rule change mulled The national coordinator for college football officials said the controversial calls in Thursday’s Music City and Pinstripe bowls were correct, but added the chaotic end to the North Carolina-Tennessee game will lead the NCAA rules committee to consider a rule change.

The Music City Bowl went to overtime after North Carolina was penalized for illegal substitution on what looked like the final play. Tennessee had already started celebrating the victory, but game officials walked off the 5-yard penalty and replay officials put a second back on the clock. That gave the Tar Heels enough time to kick a tying field goal.

North Carolina won, 30-27, in double overtime. David Parry, who oversees college football officiating for the NCAA, said the Big Ten officials handled the confusing final seconds properly.

“The issue that’s going to come up is the team that made the mistake by having the illegal substitution ended up getting the benefit from the rule,’’ he said.

Parry said NFL rules allow for 10 seconds to be run off the clock on some late-game penalties and he said college football might consider adopting a similar rule.

Parry also said the rule book supports officials who flagged a Kansas State player for excessive celebration for saluting after he scored a touchdown late in the Pinstripe Bowl against Syracuse.

Some coaches fly free Some of the nation’s top coaches have clauses allowing them personal use of a private plane. Coaches such as Alabama’s Nick Saban say it allows him to get away from the grind of a profession that has seen Urban Meyer step down at Florida amid concerns about his health and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio miss a month after a mild heart attack. Saban’s contract — which pays him $4.63 million this year — allows him personal use of a plane for 25 hours at the university’s expense. Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops gets 45 hours, Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz gets 35, and Ohio State’s Jim Tressel gets 20. Mack Brown at Texas and LSU’s Les Miles don’t have similar deals. Nor do the coaches in the BCS championship game — Auburn’s Gene Chizik and Oregon’s Chip Kelly . . . Boise State’s Chris Petersen won the Bobby Dodd coach of the year award. Petersen, who has averaged 12 wins in five seasons coaching the Broncos, was a unanimous selection.