In case you haven't seen the story yet, new Pittsburgh coach Mike Haywood was arrested Friday afternoon in South Bend on a domestic violence charge.
Let's exercise some caution here until more details emerge. Domestic issues can often be very complicated. So far, Pitt officials haven't made any announcements or responses.
But there's no denying this is a horrible piece of news for the Panthers and a very difficult way for Haywood to start his tenure at the school. Athletic director Steve Pederson talked a lot about discipline and character as priorities upon hiring Haywood, and this is at the very least making him squirm mightily.
With Pitt still not sure who will coach the Jan. 8 BBVA Compass Bowl while waiting for Dave Wannstedt's decision, the football program is appearing to be in chaos right now. And as Pitt approaches the final stretch drive in recruiting for 2011 -- after several commitments have already rescinded their pledges -- this latest news can only do harm.
[UPDATE] Pitt sent out the following statement tonight:
“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.”