(The report has now been confirmed by the Chicago Tribune and other media that cover Notre Dame.)
Citing unnamed sources, the report said Haywood was excused from his Notre Dame duties Wednesday and was on his way to Seattle.
Haywood was on the Louisiana State staff from 1995-2002, coinciding with Emmert and Woodward's time at LSU.
The report follows a recent and ongoing controversy in South Bend, where coach Charlie Weis has announced that he will handle the offensive play-calling for the remainder of the season.
Here is a statement from Weis that addresses both the play-calling issue and Haywood's absence from practice this week:
Weis: As far as play calling goes. This week, Mike Haywood is going to be missing some practice for personal reasons. I support these personal reasons. But he'll be missing some practice again. And with that being said, followed up by a short week next week for the rest of the regular season I will be handling the play calling on offense.