Battery charge against Haywood dropped

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Former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Michael Haywood has had a domestic battery charge against him dropped stemming from a Dec. 31, 2010 incident in which he allegedly attacked his son's 38-year-old mother at Haywood's Indiana home.

Haywood completed all terms of a pre-trial diversion program, including counseling and community service, according to the county prosecutor's office in South .end, IN on Friday.

The woman reportedly didn't want to press charges against Haywood, even though police reports indicated he grabbed her and that she was hurt and called 911.

"He is relieved to have it all behind him and to be able to move forward with the rest of his life," Haywood's attorney, Andre Gammage, told the South Bend Tribune.

Haywood had been hired to be head coach at the University of Pittsburgh prior to the alleged incident, but the school fired him upon learning of the charges.

He has a lawsuit pending in Pittsburgh federal court, alleging breach of contract and wrongful termination under federal law.

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