Olsavsky, however, lacks coaching experience. He played for the Steelers from 1989 to 1997 and returned last training camp as a volunteer linebackers coach before catching on at the University of North Carolina as an assistant strength coach last season.
The Steelers could also opt to hire a new secondary coach and place Willy Robinson in charge of linebackers. Robinson has coached linebackers at several different points throughout his 24-year coaching career.
Archer, 49, joined the Steelers staff in 1996 and spent seven seasons with the team. He returns to Kentucky, where he served as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach and linebackers coach from 1993-1995.
"I have really enjoyed my seven years with the Steelers organization. This was always a team I dreamed of working or playing for, and I fulfilled those dreams," said Archer, a State College native.
"I want to thank the Rooney family and Coach Cowher for the opportunity. The Kentucky position and the fact I will be there with my two children, both of whom will be attending the university, is a big plus as my family is very important to me. I look forward to the challenge of college football again and wish the Steelers organization the best of luck in its drive to win the Super Bowl in 2003."
Said Cowher: "Mike has made a valuable contribution to our success over the past seven seasons. This is an excellent career opportunity for Mike, and we wish he and his family all the best."