Archer Leaves For Kentucky, Olsavsky To Return?

<p>Mike Archer resigned as Steelers linebackers coach to become defensive coordinator at the University of Kentucky, where his two children attend class.<br> <br> The Steelers will miss Archer's game-planning and play-calling skills but could branch in a different direction by replacing Archer with a coach with more on-the-field experience, such as former player Jerry Olsavsky.<br>

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."

--Jim Wexell



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