- Associated Press - Saturday, January 1, 2011

SOUTH BEND, IND. (AP) - Pittsburgh football coach Mike Haywood was released on bond Saturday following his arrest on a domestic violence charge that was upgraded to a felony.

The new Panthers coach was released on $1,000 cash bond following an incident at his South Bend home, said an officer at the St. Joseph County Jail who declined to give her name. She said Haywood was scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. on Monday.

The charge against Haywood was upgraded from misdemeanor domestic violence to felony domestic battery in the presence of a minor, the officer said. She did not know whether Haywood had an attorney and his phone number was not listed.

Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child, police said. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she tried to leave.

Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said the woman had marks on her neck, arms and back.

“The University of Pittsburgh is aware of an alleged incident involving head football coach Michael Haywood today in South Bend, Indiana,” the school said in an e-mailed statement Friday.

“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.”

Pittsburgh hired Haywood on 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 title.

The 46-year-old Haywood is considered an exemplary offensive coach and tutored several players who went on to NFL careers, including former Doak Walker Award winner Cedric Benson at Texas and Kevin Faulk at LSU. Besides the Longhorns and Tigers, Haywood has also been an assistant coach at Army, Ohio, Ball State and alma mater Notre Dame.

Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson praised Haywood’s character when he was hired last month, calling his values “in line with the values of this great university.”

“His history at outstanding nprograms with outstanding coaches gave him a rare combination of experiences and background,” Pederson said at the time. “Most importantly, Michael is a man of character and integrity and will be an inspirational leader for our football team.”

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