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09-24-2010, 06:41 AM
Lure of NFL job entices Cowher
By Jerry DiPaola
Friday, September 24, 2010

ERIE Bill Cowher said Thursday night he misses coaching more and more every year, but he has no regrets after stepping down as Steelers' coach nearly four years ago.

"With every year, there becomes a little bit more of a void because you do miss it," said Cowher, before speaking to a crowd of about 2,000 people on the campus of Penn State-Behrend.

"But I had a chance these last few years to spend some very special time with the women in my life. For that, I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever for walking away."

Cowher's life after the NFL includes TV work on CBS, about seven speaking engagements a year corporations, high-level executives and college students and time with his family.

The latter became more important two months ago when his wife Kaye died after a bout with skin cancer.

Cowher's life revolves around his daughters Meagan, Lauren and Lindsay.

Meagan played basketball, graduated from Princeton University as the third-leading scorer in school history and was a teacher in the Bronx for two years. Cowher said she lives in Los Angeles with her fiancee, Kings hockey player Kevin Westgarth.

Lauren also is a Princeton graduate and was recently hired at a public relations firm in New York City. Lindsay is studying elementary education at Elon College, near the family's home in Raleigh, N.C.

"I am very, very proud of each and every one of them and the people they have become," he said.

A return to coaching remains on his mind, but it does not consume him, he said.

"I am not going to go back into coaching, just to go back into coaching," he said. "It has to be the right situation. And I don't know what the right situation consists of."

Cowher said he has been approached by NFL teams seeking a new head coach every year since he retired from the Steelers.

"But I never got too far into it," he said.

Cowher also spoke on several other topics:

On his recent conversations with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and whether Cowher believes he has changed his lifestyle:

"You know what? I really believe he understands the responsibility that goes with, not just being an NFL player, but being a leader on the football team and a leader in the community and, really, what your legacy needs to be.

"It is not going to be so much what you accomplish but the people you are able to influence along the way. I think he understands it.

"But only time will tell. There are no words he can say, no actions he can do to win people over immediately. Time will be the greatest thing for him in terms of allowing people to realize that he has learned from his poor judgement and become a better person."

On the Steelers' 2-0 start:

"I wouldn't say I am surprised, but I am impressed. If Ben comes back and they stay healthy, my gosh, is there a better team in football. They are the best defensive football team, without a doubt. They are looking, potentially, at home-field advantage (in the playoffs), if they stay healthy."

On the Steelers' offensive line:

"They have taken some hits there. If you can get Max (Starks) to come back and stay healthy and Trai Essex is nursing something. Flozell (Adams) is about two years younger than me."

On if HBO asked him, while he was with the Steelers, if he would allow the team to be a subject on its "Hard Knocks" series:

"I couldn't say no fast enough."

Jerry DiPaola can be reached at jdipaola@tribweb.com or 412-320-7997.

09-24-2010, 07:12 AM
What a man he will always be a steelers

Atlanta Dan
09-24-2010, 07:19 AM
Flozell (Adams) is about two years younger than me.":sofunny:

Does not sound like Coach Cowher is a fan of that addition

09-24-2010, 10:30 AM
Just don't go to the cowboys or Browns Bill and I'll always love you.:tt02:

09-24-2010, 11:30 AM
The "is Cowher gonna coach again" topic is around every year on every forum involving football.
I hope if he does coach again its something he wants to do. He just wants to coach, he could go to a college or semi pro team if he wished. Also we don't know what challenges he wants, he might want a team that already has good players and coaching, or he might want a team to start from scratch with for a real challenge, which is why he showed interest in the Bills when the fired the whole coaching staff.

09-24-2010, 11:39 AM
he'll be back in the NFL.. i have no doubt. his daughters are growing up and they seem to be moving ahead with their individual lives... the unfortunate situation with his wife passing away. i think he's going to find himself needing something in his life, and coaching will be it.

09-24-2010, 02:15 PM
My dad is convinced he'll be coaching for the Cowboys next season... if they keep losing, I can see that myself.

09-24-2010, 02:39 PM
It makes more sense why BC left Pittsburgh now that we know his wife was ill. That being said, i've always thought Carolina....But would not rule out any big spender teams....

09-24-2010, 02:52 PM
My dad is convinced he'll be coaching for the Cowboys next season... if they keep losing, I can see that myself.

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09-24-2010, 05:30 PM
Good luck to him where ever he goes. Wish him well.

09-24-2010, 05:35 PM
My dad is convinced he'll be coaching for the Cowboys next season... if they keep losing, I can see that myself.

WHATi hope not

Fire Arians
09-24-2010, 05:59 PM
i hope the best for him, but i'll prolly hate him if he coaches for the cowboys or anyone in the afc north

09-24-2010, 06:08 PM
I would love to see Cowher roaming the sidelines in Happy Valley or even the Panther sidelines. I just don't want to see him in the NFL again. Don't want him to tarnish his Steeler Legacy. He is a Steeler for life. I hate Bill Parcells and don't want Cowher in his shoes.

09-24-2010, 06:48 PM
he will be coaching cowboys or carolina. he will only go to a talanted team

09-24-2010, 07:06 PM
i almost wish tomlin sucked so he could come back to us

Fire Arians
09-24-2010, 07:17 PM
i almost wish tomlin sucked so he could come back to us

i'd take him as an OC over arians if he wants the job :tt02:

09-25-2010, 10:49 AM
I don't think his personality would mesh with Jerry Jones to be quite honest. Jones has his fingers too much in the pie and will not let his coach run the team. Wade Phillips is a joke puppet of a coach. If he ends up coaching I hope he ends up on the NFC side of things. Some place like Carolina or Arizona where he has no impact on the Steelers at all. Unless we play him in the Super Bowl.