Friday, April 16, 2010

Cowher still interested in coaching

Former N.C. State linebacker and ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher said Friday that he has a “very good job” as a CBS analyst, but he certainly hasn’t ruled out a return to coaching.

Cowher, who lives in Raleigh, showed up for a spring practice session that was attended by many former players as part of the football program’s alumni weekend. New N.C. State chancellor Randy Woodson also attended and met Cowher at the practice.

With regard to coaching again, Cowher – who hasn’t coached since the 2006 season - says it’s a year-to-year situation.

"I’m very much open minded to it year in and year out,” Cowher said.

Here are some other excerpts from Cowher’s brief meeting with reporters Friday:

Q: How much does it mean to you to come back and see this program and all the young guys and the new guys out here?

A: I’ll, tell you, Tom O’Brien, since he’s come here, has done a lot of good things. He’s brought a lot of the alumni back here. . . .The fact that the chancellor is here today speaks volumes. I think we’ve got a good young team. A lot of people get judged by records, it’s something we all know in sports, but we’ve got a quality football coach in Tom O’Brien and the people that leave here and the kids that leave here are really more enriched than when they came. . . .I think it’s going to be a good year. Certainly the quarterback position has got to be stable and it’s pretty wide open in the ACC, but I like the coach they have and the direction they’re going.

Q: On a personal note, how much fun is it for you to be back here?
A: It’s great. It’s amazing how much better these guys think they are than they were when they played. They all get better with age. It’s fun to be around some of the guys and talk about the old games and the old times. That’s the thing that you miss. You can talk about sports a lot. It’s camaraderie, it’s all the hours you spend together and the time you spend together. The memories that you have are what people can never take away from you.

Q: What kind of place does N.C. State have in your heart?
A: Well, it’s a very special place. Obviously I met my wife here. We both went to school here. We both played sports here. And we decided to come back and make it our home. Regardless of whatever happens with my coaching future, Raleigh will always be my home. That I can say for a fact.

Q: I’ve seen you over at the Murphy Center during the season. Do you and Coach (O’Brien) talk at all during the season, bounce ideas off each other, or anything like that?
A: Only at times. Certainly we stay in touch and I’m here [in Raleigh] Monday through Friday. I’ve got nothing else to do because my job is over come Sunday night. It’s great. I don’t get to see a lot of games because I travel on Saturday, but I do get a chance to watch most of them on TV. And we talk. Coach [Mike] Archer [N.C. State’s defensive coordinator] coached for me for many years, so I have a little bit of understanding of what he’s doing. We do a little coachspeak now and then.

Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

Bill, if your listening, the Panthers sure could use a real coach. Fox is not the answer.

Anonymous said...

Bill if our listening,the Panthers sure could not use you! Your not the answer!Stay in Raleigh & pull the Hurricanes' game siren when their in playoffs!oOur no better than Fox. You & Kordell Stewart!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Bill, if your listening, the Panthers sure could use a real coach. Fox is not the answer.April 16, 2010 9:32 PM....... This has to be a retard with an iq below 75 which is why he went anonymous.

Dwight said...

Well, April 16, 2010 10:51PM Anonymous, what does that say about you?

Dwight said...

As for Cowher, why do the Charlotte sportswriters (and I'm using that term loosely) think anyone cares about what Cowher does during the season or the off-season? I certainly don't!

Anonymous said...

Dwight said... Well, April 16, 2010 10:51PM Anonymous, what does that say about you?
April 16, 2010 11:07 PM

IT says nothing about me dumbace

Anonymous said...

Stop fighting...

Anonymous said...

Everyone finally realized Cowher wasnt coming to the Panthers & stopped arguing about it so the Observer had to get it started again. There is no other reason for this article.

John said...

Stay retired Bill, the game changes too fast for most coaches to successfully return after a few years out of it. Not even the great Joe Gibbs made it work... granted he had Danny boy to deal with (an owner like Bob Johnson, but at least willing to spend the money)... but still.

Phil said...

Is this Anonymou idiot talking to himself?

Sportsdon said...

One of Cower's daughters is going to play bball at Wofford next year.
Sure would be easier for Mrs. Cowher to catch the homegames from CLT area.

Fox still has the one year at $6million guaranteed and Cowher still ain't coaching this year, but keeping it open.

It's very possible Bill comes here in 2011, unless Fox grows a pair this year and wins strong.

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