Cowher says his future in football still undetermined

Associated Press • Mar 24, 2007 at 12:27 PM

KNOXVILLE - Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher still loves talking about the nitty gritty of football, but it's hard to get away from what people really want to know.

Cowher, who resigned in February after 15 seasons and a Super Bowl victory, talked Friday to high school coaches at a clinic at the University of Tennessee. After speaking more than 30 minutes, one of the clinic participants asked him about his future.

Cowher, who turns 50 in May, said he wanted to spend more time with his youngest daughter, who is a sophomore in high school, and his wife at their home in Raleigh, N.C. His other two daughters are in college.

He hinted he might be interested in coaching again after his daughter finishes high school.

"I'll be there (with her) next year as well, this time next year," Cowher said. "I can tell you I will not take any jobs. I know there will be some offers."

Other than that he said he didn't have "a set plan," other than that he needed to get better at golf.

Cowher said he needed to get better at golf and then joked that being at home with just his wife might make him want to get back to coaching. "It was a great part of my life. I'm ready for something new," he said. "I love talking about football." Cowher has signed on to be an analyst on CBS's Sunday "The NFL Today" studio show.

He said he wasn't sure he would miss coaching during the season. "I don't miss this time of year because Pittsburgh never signed any free agents anyway," he said. Cowher took other questions from coaches but didn't speak to reporters. He was a guest of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, whose staff also listened to Cowher's speech at the clinic.

Cowher told a story about cleaning out his desk in Pittsburgh and finding notes he made in 1992 when he was first hired. He had a list of candidates for some staff positions, including Fulmer as an offensive line coach. At the same time, Fulmer was promoted to head coach at Tennessee. "So much for that guy," Cowher joked.

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