Report: Pitt hires Haywood as coach

Miami of Ohio’s Mike Haywood has been hired as Pittsburgh’s new head football coach on a five-year deal, making him the first African-American coach in the team’s history, ESPN reported Wednesday, citing a source.

The deal could be announced as early as Thursday.

Haywood turned Miami around from 1-11 in 2009 to 9-4 in 2010, and the RedHawks beat Northern Illinois 26-21 in the MAC Championship Game.

It is not yet determined whether Haywood will take charge of Miami when it faces Middle Tennessee in the Bowl on January 6, but it appears unlikely, according to the report.

Dave Wannstedt resigned from the Pittsburgh post after six seasons earlier this month.

Pittsburgh finished the regular season 7-5, but losses to UConn on November 11 and West Virginia on November 26 cost the Panthers the chance to win the Big East championship outright and advance to play in a more lucrative BCS bowl.

The Panthers failed to win an outright Big East title or go to a BCS bowl in six seasons under Wannstedt, going 42-31.