Assistant coach who followed Haywood to Pitt settles lawsuit with school |

Assistant coach who followed Haywood to Pitt settles lawsuit with school

William Mottola, an assistant football coach who left Miami (Ohio) to follow Michael Haywood to Pitt, settled his lawsuit against Pitt for canceling his contract when it fired Haywood.

The university fired Haywood as head coach Jan. 1, 2011, after he was arrested on domestic violence charges that were subsequently dismissed. It also canceled contracts with Mottola and other members of the coaching staff who were coming from Miami to Pitt, the lawsuit said.

Mottola resigned his job at Ohio when Pitt confirmed it would hire him. He then took a coaching position for less money at The Citadel. He was seeking $275,000, the difference between what he would have made at Pitt for two years and what he was paid by The Citadel.

Attorneys for both sides filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit Tuesday. The motion didn’t provide any details of the settlement.

Mottola’s attorney, Dennis Moskal, confirmed an agreement was reached but that it was confidential. A lawyer for Pitt couldn’t be reached for comment.

Haywood also sued Pitt over his firing and settled in March. The terms of that agreement also were confidential.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or [email protected].

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