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Thank goodness Haywood's not at Pitt

I never was a big fan of the Mike Haywood hiring by Pitt last year.

I thought he was overrated and got too much credit for his Miami (Ohio) team's 9-4 record.

Why, nearly a year later do I bring up Haywood? A quote from today's Post-Gazette:
Pitt senior Chas Alecxih: "Our first meeting with Haywood, he came in with a wrinkled suit, the worst suit I've ever seen, then acted like we owed him something. He was very arrogant. And when we walked out of the meeting we all said, 'Wow, this is going to be our next coach.' So when he got fired, I was happy, and obviously we got a great coach in Todd Graham to come in."
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Haywood. That quote alone should keep colleges leery about hiring Haywood.


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