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Miami (Ohio) signs ND offensive coordinator as head coach

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood was hired Tuesday as the football coach at Miami University, which went 2-10 this season.

He replaces Shane Montgomery, who resigned last month. The RedHawks went 17-31 during his four seasons.

Haywood becomes the sixth black coach among the 119 Bowl Subdivision schools and joins a university known as the Cradle of Coaches. He has been Notre Dame's offensive coordinator the last four seasons and has no direct ties to the RedHawks.

The 44-year-old coach was in Honolulu with the Irish, getting ready to play Hawaii on Wednesday night in the Hawaii Bowl. He'll be introduced at the Ohio school next week.

"The Cradle of Coaches, Ara Parseghian, Bo Schembechler, Bill Mallory, Jim Tressel -- what an unbelievable coaching tradition," Haywood said in a statement. "I'm so excited about joining the Miami family, with a fan and alumni base that is nationwide."

Haywood's agent, Albert Elias, said he agreed to a five-year deal with Miami. Haywood also was interviewed for the vacant Washington and Syracuse jobs this season and with Houston and Minnesota last season, Elias said.

"He feels bittersweet about leaving Notre Dame -- that's where he went to school -- but we really feel like we have a chance to win there and be successful," Elias said.

Haywood becomes the second black head coach hired by a Mid-American Conference school in the last two days. Eastern Michigan hired former Louisville and Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English on Monday.

Haywood played flanker and cornerback at Notre Dame in the 1980s and has been an assistant the past 22 years, starting as a defensive and special teams assistant at Army in 1989-90. He also was an assistant at Ohio and Ball State, two other MAC schools, before moving to LSU in 1995 as running backs coach. He was at LSU until 2003, when he went to Texas for one season, then moved on to Notre Dame.

AP Sports Writer Tom Coyne in South Bend contributed to this report.

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