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Steelers say they’ll cut Hines Ward before 2012 NFL calendar year


Hines Ward (courtesy of Pittsburgh Steelers)

The National Football League can be cruel at times, even for a star player who helped win division championships and Super Bowls.

Hines Ward, the All-Pro wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers was told that the team will release him before the NFL’s calendar year which happens to come in the month of March.

The former University of Georgia quarterback who has spent all of his 14 years in the Steel City, had said several weeks ago that he would take a pay cut to stay with the Steelers, was not given that option by management.

Ward was scheduled to make $4 million in base salary in 2012, was just too much money to pay a #4 receiver in the Steelers minds eventhough he is still a playmaker.

Ward holds the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise records for receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083) and receiving touchdowns (85).

Ward said in a statement that he’ll play in the NFL in 2012.


Info compiled from Pittsburgh Steelers, Radio & TV news



Heyward signs with boyhood team, the Steelers

Cameron Heyward (file photo)

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Cameron Heyward always dreamed of playing for the hometown team.

He doesn’t have to dream anymore.

The Steelers and their number-1 draft pick Heyward have agreed to a contract.

The former defensive tackle at Ohio State is the son of former Pittsburgh Panthers and NFL running back Craig “Ironhead” Heyward. The 6’5, 288-pound giant is a part of the Steelers youth movement on defense, especially the down-lineman.

The 22-year-old who was born in the Steel City, signed in time to join the rest of the team for practice on Friday.


compiled from Pittsburgh Steelers news



Pittsburgh dumps Haywood immediately after domestic violence arrest

When Michael Haywood was hired by Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson on December 16, the move was met with on enthusiam by alumni, boosters, fans, former players, students and current players. The question in everybody’s mind was how can a school with Top 25 and BCS Bowl game apirations hire a coach with two years heading coaching experience from a mid-major school like Miami of Ohio.

Furthermore, at Haywood’s first press conference with the media, he never mentioned winning, but kept on insisting that the Pitt players would be disciplined, attend classes regularly and dress professionally. It was not what people in the Steel City wanted to hear.

They still wonder why head coach Dave Wannstedt, a Pitt graduate was let go in the first place. He was let go after six seasons and is still angered about his ouster and has not said whether he’ll coach the Panthers (7-5)  in the upcoming Compass Bowl next Saturday against Kentucky (6-6).

Pittsburgh is now without a head football coach once again as they have fired Mike Haywood. The university says they would not allow him to continue in the job that he had held for only 2 1/2 weeks because of his arrest on a domestic violence charge.

Mike Haywood (photo by Glenna Kuhn)

Haywood was released Saturday from St. Joseph County Jail in Indiana on $1,000 cash bond, after the charge was upgraded from a misdemeanor to felony domestic battery in the presence of a minor child.

Haywood was released on Saturday afternoon, and just a few hours later, Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg moved quickly and issued a press release statement saying that the coach had been dismissed, “effective immediately,” and the school was reopening its search.

Haywood’s firing came without him moving into the head football coach’s office, landing any recruits, hiring any assistants, held a practice, coached a game or had a chance to persuade any of the incoming freshman, which totals 18 to stay with their decision to attend Pittsburgh. Rumors have it that all of those recruits don’t like the fact that Wannstedt was fired, Haywood wasn’t on the job long enough. What they see is a program with a lot of indecision and a quick trigger on coaches.

No one knows if Haywood had signed a contract or not with the Pitt Panthers. Yes, they did name him head coach, but these types of contracts takes weeks and months to get worked out as they have to go through the the president, chancellor or provost’s office for approval and then the final ok is given by the board of trustees. Coaches contracts also have moral clauses that allow colleges and universities to fire a coach if they get into legal trouble which causes embarassment  and ugly press from his personal behavior.

Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom the coach has a child with, police have said. The unidentified woman told police that Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her as she was leaving the home that Haywood owns in South Bend, Indiana, where he was an assistant coach at Notre Dame before taking the Miami job. St. Joseph County Police say that the woman had marks on her neck, arms and back.

Haywood led the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks to a 9-4 record and the Mid-American Conference title in just his second season.

The big question for Haywood now, is who will give him a chance to even be an assistant coach after this incident which will take several months to come to the courts and settle. It’ll probably be too late to get a job for 2011.

compiled from staff, TV, radio, Pittsburgh Panthers news

Penguins defeat Red Wings in new Consol Energy Center

There was a sellout crowd of 18,087 with both Detroit and Pittsburgh playing most of their top players in the $321 million new arena in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby, the Penguins star, scored a goal, registered an assist and gave the fans a scare in the first hockey game in the Consol Energy Center.

Consol Energy Center (NHL)

Crosby sat out the last period due to a sore hip flexor muscle in Pittsburgh 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, Wednesday night in preseason play.

The injury is not expected to be serious.

Mike Comrie of Pittsburgh scored the first goal in the new arena, 1:21 of the first period.

The Pittsburgh Penguins played their first home game in the Steel City in their 44-years as a franchise at a building other than the Civic Arena.

compiled from staff, NHL & Pittsburgh Penguins news