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Former Pitt Coach Mike Haywood Files Lawsuit

Mike Haywood, unable to reach an agreement with Pitt regarding his buyout clause, has decided to file a lawsuit against the University. According to Haywood's legal team, the suit could have been avoided if PItt had complied and paid the buyout:

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Buzbee said that they "bent over backwards" in attempt to reach an agreement with Pitt. The attorney also said he and Haywood met with Pitt officials in a meeting at which Pitt officials admitted that the institution had promised to pay Haywood’s buyout.

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"Mr. Haywood said that if they paid the buyout, he would drop the whole thing," Buzbee said. "And they wouldn’t do that."

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One can only guess if Pitt really promised to pay the buyout. Regardless of that, though, Pitt would be better served to get past the Haywood hiring. They're in the midst of football season and a move to the ACC, and basketball season will be here before we know it. The last thing the Panthers need is this distraction. It shouldn't affect the players at all, but the administration will be hampered by it. Haywood was fired approximately nine months ago and Pitt is still not free of this situation.

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The sooner Pitt resolves this lawsuit, the better.

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