Cowher Addresses NC State Coaching Situation

Pittsburgh Steeler head coach Bill Cowher discussed the NC State opening today with Pack Pride correspondent Jim Wexell.

What's your reaction to being at the top of the NC State search?
First of all, let me just say I have great admiration and respect for coach Amato and what he's done since he went down there. I'm very flattered to hear some of the things that have been coming out, but I'm not a candidate. I have a job here and my focus really is on this job right here, so you can take me off the list. I am flattered. It's a super program and I'm sure that they'll get a very qualified coach who's going to walk into a good situation.

Does it interest you at all?
No.

Has anyone tried contacting you about it?

No. Like I said, I've been getting a lot of contacts about it; I've heard about it. But like I said I've got a job here. Can you envision some day being a college coach? I don't know. I don't look that far down the road, I really don't. I guess those are times when you get in that reflective mode. The only thing I'm reflecting on now is that feeling we had after last Sunday's game and trying to rectify that. That's where the focus is at.

Is it because of the logistics?
I'm here. I'm a coach here, as much as that may disappoint some people, but I am the coach here and I want to win these last five games. I'm going to do everything in my power to do that. Like I said, my focus, I've been here for awhile and I like it. It's a good job. I don't like the way we are right now and I'm going to do everything in our power to finish this thing up strong and see where the chips fall.

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It had speculated that Cowher is the leading candidate for NC State's vacant head coaching position.

Cowher is considered one of the top football coaches around, as he is a near-lock to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His ties to NC State are apparent. An NC State alum, Cowher was a starting linebacker, team captain, and team MVP in his senior year. He graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in education, and he has been back to Raleigh on numerous occasions for various events.

His wife, Kaye, is also an NC State alum, as she played basketball for the Wolfpack. Kaye lives in Raleigh, and Bill could be contemplating a move back to the area following Pittsburgh's season, as it appears unlikely that he will re-sign with the Steelers.

In 15 seasons at head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cowher is 145-89-1.

In Cowher's 14 seasons, the Steelers have captured eight division titles, earned ten postseason playoff berths, played in 25 playoff games, advanced to six AFC Championship games and made two Super Bowl appearances. He is one of only six coaches in NFL history to claim at least seven division titles. It has become an article of faith among NFL pundits that the Steelers do not have a bad team two years in a row – they have never lost 10 or more games in consecutive years since the 1970 NFL merger.

At the conclusion of the 2005 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the best record of any team in the National Football League since Cowher was hired as head coach. As of the end of the 2005 season, Cowher has boasted a 106-1-1 record when his Steelers are up by 11 or more points at any moment in a game. On February 5th, 2006, Cowher's Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10, giving Cowher his first Super Bowl ring.


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