Pieces of Ivory: “Mike Haywood Should Have Turned in Player’s Card”


At what age do you really decide that you as a man are going to settle down and stop being in the streets? I have heard it all before the reason for staying single such as you aren’t financially stable, you still trying to climb the ladder in your career, and the best one you just haven’t found the right girl to settle down with. What if you meet all of these previous mentioned requirements at what cost will you give your player card up to settle down and finally be a husband and a family man.

That’s the question that I would love to ask ex Pitt head coach Coach Mike Haywood. If you don’t know the story it goes a lil something like this. Coach Haywood was hired by the University of Pittsburgh to be their head football coach on Dec 16, 2009 two weeks later on Jan 1, 2011 he was fired from his job after getting out of jail from being arrested on a domestic violence charge that has now been upgraded to a felony. I’m sure many more details will come to light of the arrest and all of the charges against him but for now the facts are you got in a fight with your baby momma put you hands on her and she called the popo. They took you to jail and you got fired from your job cause the university said

“Head coaches are among the University’s most visible representatives and are expected to maintain high standards of personal conduct and to avoid situations that might reflect negatively on the University”

Now Mike was a coach at LSU and word on the street was he was very friendly with the coeds there, he wasn’t married and they were consisting adults so whats they problem you may ask. Well I’m going to tell you the rumors looked bad then and now ultimately your player ways have caused you a great job and opportunity.

In 2008 there were 4 Division 1 head football coaches that were black out of 119 possibilities. 3 of the 4 were at what I myself and others would like to call dead end programs. If we compared that stat to the NFL which has 32 teams that would be equivalent to only 1 brother coaching in the league. (Not that it oh so many but the 8 they have now is better than what they were working with before.) At the beginning of this year there were currently 12 head football coaches at the DI level including Mike Haywood, thats less than 9 %. So you just let a job that many would kill to have slip through your fingers because you put your hands on your baby momma?

If you would have turned in your player card a long time ago, this situation could probably have been avoided. You have been an assistant on various levels for years and I sure your dream of being a head coach at a legit program is one you have had for a long time. At 47 years of age I’m sure you have been putting the pieces together for that to happen for a long time now and unfortunately for you playboy a wife should have been a valuable piece to that puzzle. Lets look at it this way you may have got into a lil tiff with your wife not your baby momma and Im sure even if you did possible put your hands on her, she would have not have called the cops and yall could have settled this in house. A wife would have understood what yall both have to lose if you get arrested and this gets out in the public. But since you dealing with a baby momma and if your track record is still the same she is probably way younger than you and of another race, she don’t care what happens as long as the child support keeps coming in. Not only did you lose a job that none of the alumni really wanted you to have in the first place, but you also just lost the jobs for all of those assistant that you just hired as well.

Hope she was worth it.


  1. Well being that I'm a Pitt alumni who is also 47 years old (and in process of seperating from my wife) I definitely feel for the brother. I'm sure being a single man with a high profile job and being around all those attractive college women has to be very tempting. It's one thing being a playa with consenting adults of the opposite sex but it's another when things get violent. Hopefully Haywood has learned his lesson.

    • @LB, You are exactly right. Its already hard enough to be in a head coaching position but to do it while single in that environment makes it even harder. And as I wrote of course reports are coming out that he has always had off field personal problems that Pitt just ignored.

      • co sign kevin 110%; well written article no substance. this article has absolutely nothing to do with mike haywood situation as the court documents clearly show the females version of events. he didnt lose his job from being a player. just from reading ur article, i would think u should respect a man who knows he doesnt want to b married. what makes u think marraige is the best thing for him. every1 does not have a mentality to b married. being married is some serious work and commitment, i know, bcause i am. being married would not make ur life whole if u dont want to b married.lol

        • I do respect the fact that he doesnt want to be married, but through my experience and as others have mention its actually beneficial,it can help your image and it just makes your job as a head football coach much more persuasive in certain areas ie: it can help with recruiting, and also the university knows that a single guy with that much power could easily have the pick of the school's females students and thats definitely a scandal they dont want on their hands.. Its just easier to do this job when you have the "look" of a family man and a husband attached to your name and not the rumors of being a player. Which unfortunately for haywood he has had that.

    • Please tell me while there was no subtance, all the stats are true and the rest is based on a valid opinion.

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