Mike Haywood was the football coach at Pitt for a grand total of 16 days. I don’t think I need to recap what happened, as it was pretty well documented everywhere. 16 days, middle school relationships last longer than that. But apparently this isn’t over, at least not according to Haywood and his team of lawyers. News broke last night that Haywood has requested the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and other state and federal agencies to investigate the university’s firing of him.
The Post-Gazette has an interesting article here regarding this. There are a couple of points which jumped out to me:
“The day after Haywood was arrested, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg met with key members of the administration and some of the university lawyers. It was decided unanimously that Haywood should not only be fired, he should have his contract terminated without any further compensation because his actions violated the morals clause of his contract.”
So this wasn’t decided over a couple of beers at Hemingways? Who would of thought?
…Nordenberg, the former Dean of Pitt’s Law school and thus presumably has a keen understanding and significant experience with the law and legal matters…
Hmmmm…former Dean of Law School. Nope, he doesn’t know anything about contracts, nothing at all. (Oh wait, this is the internet, let me be clear that that sentence is sarcasm).
After Haywood’s termination Steve Pederson, our great and fearless Athletic Director, stated publicly that Haywood was terminated due to the morals clause in his contract. He also stated that all coaches have similar clauses in their contracts. I’ll take this opportunity to note that Jamie Dixon pulls people from their wrecked cars on the side of the road. Just sayin’.
I’m not sure how all of this will end, but I feel pretty confident that the lawyers the University employs know their stuff. Regardless, something tells me this legal battle will last longer than Haywood’s career as head coach here at Pitt.
Perhaps the best named horse in all of all time…Wannstache!
Wannstache is owned by Casey Christ…the daughter of Mike Christ, who lettered for Pitt in the early 80’s. Wannstache is 4 years old and last known to be racing at Arlington Park just outside of Chicago…a great place for a horse with a great name.
For more photos, check out our Facebook photo gallery sent to us by the Christs and friends back in 2009.
Last time I wrote up a post all on my own the end result was bad: Kemba Walker made me want to scream obscenities from the audio/video room during a major UPMC conference. Being a superstitious sports fan I immediately stopped considering blogging anything for the foreseeable future. That also coincided with the last month of the semester for grad school which translates into some form of mental abuse and brutality. But now I’m past all of that and looking forward to the lovely spring Pittsburgh weather, where it rains EVERY DAMN DAY.
I had every intention of being at the Spring Game this year, I really did. Then I was going to watch it on Comcast but I couldn’t find the channel. I cancelled cable that day. No lie.
But I digress, the real reason for this post: griping about the Pittsburgh Academy, err, Western University of Pennsylvania, err, University of Pittsburgh, aka Pitt, wait no, the University of Pittsburgh only we are absolutely 100% not Pitt, well, we’ve changed our mind we are Pitt again, Pitt’s consistency with things.
I don’t have much issue with the name changes from Pittsburgh Academy to Western University of Pennsylvania to the University of Pittsburgh. That symbolizes growth of the University and a desire to represent Pittsburgh. I also, unlike Steve Pederson, have no issues with being called Pitt. When you’re school has its most successful years as Pitt I think you embrace that, not run away from it trying to rebrand everything. Speaking of rebranding:
That’s a lot of logos. Now how many of these Pitt actually licensed and used I honestly have no idea, because it’s not really recorded all that well. But I do know that the following have appeared on jerseys or football helmets:
I understand from time to time things need to change, and when that change is for the better I’m all for it. Here’s my issue again (apple + v) When you’re school has its most successful years as Pitt I think you embrace that, not run away from it trying to rebrand everything. By this I’m of course referring to the PittScript. I can hear people now: “when the hell are people going to let this go?” The answer is never. Pitt achieved its only National Championship (1976) since World War II with the PittScript as their primary brand. It came close again in the early 80’s with the PittScript. So naturally when there’s a tradition behind something the decision is to clearly drop it entirely. I’m looking at you Steve Pederson.
That’s not to say that Steve Pederson hasn’t done some good things. The Peterson Event Center is a great facility that the basketball team desperately needed and many more good things happened under his direction… the first time around (let’s not get into last December). One thing I am a definite fan of was Pederson’s goal of standardizing the University brand and colors. I just wish he’d have done it with the PittScript. Pitt’s always used blue and gold as their colors as best as I can tell, the problem is the blue ranges from bright royal blue to deep navy blue and just about every shade in between. Then there’s the gold color, which is either a mustard color, bright yellow, vegas gold, or a combination of vegas gold and mustard. Does anyone else remember the game when we wore gold jerseys with gold pants and gold helmets? When every color of gold was different?
So yes, standardized colors are great. But are we really that standardized? We’re better, but we’re not there yet. Personally, my favorite colors are the ones that are the colors used on this page. The ones that match the retro jersey Tyler Palko wore that one time we wore throwbacks. The blue and mustard. So that’s what I’d like to see, big shocker huh, someone wants PittScript and the old colors back.
Much thanks to the following websites for their assistance in my research:
- Crazy Paco’s Pitt Pages (this is the logo page specifically, there’s more at the home site)
- Infinite Helmets: Pittsburgh Panthers
(The University Seal has also changed many, many times but this post is too long and 50% of you right now want to stab me with a fork so I’ll leave that out. CrazyPaco has the history on the seal as well.)
Pitt has a put up a great “Sweet Caroline” montage on YouTube from the past couple seasons with shots of the student section singing. Your mission is to see if you can find yourself in the video and let us know the timestamps of where you are. Most references in the video win!…a shoutout on the blog.
(Bonus points go to anyone who knows where the title of this post came from)