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Michigan, Pitt May Jump Aboard Coaching Carousel

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A couple more BCS schools may form search committees in the near future.

New Pitt coach Michael Haywood spent New Year's Eve in the slammer, charged with "felony domestic battery in the presence of a minor."

Haywood was lodged in the St. Joseph County, Ind. jail after being arrested in his South Bend home, accused of attacking the woman who is the mother of his 21-month old child. Police responded to a "domestic violence situation" in which the woman said Haywood had choked and assaulted her. The woman told officers that Haywood held her in a choke-hold and pushed her. Officers said they could see red marks on her neck, arms and back. Haywood made bail this afternoon.

Pittsburgh released a statement via email saying, "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."

Michigan, meanwhile, today ended its third season under Rich Rodriguez with the worst Bowl loss in school history. Mississippi State scored 42 unanswered points enroute to a 52-14 beating of the Wolverines.


Michigan is 15-22 in three seasons under Rodriguez. The buyout for his contract drops from $4.1 million to $2.5 million as of today.

The loss to the Bulldogs was the first time Michigan has been defeated by at least 30 points in a Bowl game. While the Wolverine offense has improved in each of the three years, the defense has gotten worse. Michigan gave up an average of 35 points a game this season. There is intense speculation that new Athletics Director David Brandon, who played under Bo Schembechler, will cut Rodriguez loose in the next few days.