A costly question about Cowher



Just think about it. What would be the dollar-worth of Bill Cowher should he repeat as Super Bowl champion again this coming season?
It could very well happen and according to some well-versed sportswriters, that may be the scenario. You can almost hear the coins clinking in the bucket already.
It's no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers coach has had some liking to the south, namely one in the Carolinas. Whether he chooses to remain on as Steelers coach, take a position with another pro team, even maybe as an assistant, remains to be seen. But the Steelers brass came out last week and ended the speculation that no more talks on the situation would be held until the season comes to and end. That's a mighty smart move as any talk of losing a coach at this point in time most certainly could disrupt the season and possibly push any title hopes down the drain.
The Pittsburgh ownership has always been distinguished and treats its coach and players with the utmost respect.
So why did Cowher become unhappy when former Steeler running back Jerome Bettis, now an NBC television analyst, announced to a national TV audience that Cowher might be coaching his final season in Pittsburgh?
Every sports page in the country had been carrying stories on the possibility that Cowher might be thinking of coaching elsewhere next season. Even if it isn't true, it made for some good reading.
But why single out Bettis, who perhaps was only repeating words that had already appeared weeks ago, some in pre-season clippings. So what's the fuss?
Cower is 49 years of age and is in his 15th year as coach of the Steelers. He was signed as Pittsburgh's coach in 1992 and has two seasons remaining on his current contract. For the life of me, I can't figure out why Cowher could be thinking of coaching elsewhere, if that be the case. Why bite the hand that feeds you?
Rookie catcher
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing some pretty good baseball of late, having swept the first-place St. Louis Cardinals while taking the three-game weekend series. Bucs manager Jim Tracy called it one of the best weekend performances of his club this season.
With third baseman Freddy Sanchez continuing his assault with the bat, one of the up and coming rookies in the lineup has been catcher Ronny Paulino. He's been playing so well that a number of writers believe he may have a shot at Rookie of the Year honors.
Paulino bats and throws right and very few have been able to steal on his throws. Meanwhile, he too, is hitting very well and has clubbed a number of doubles in the Pirates' attack. Tracy is hoping that both men will continue their awesome play.
Prep openers
Get ready for the big bang Friday night which ushers in the high school football season.
It's a full slate this weekend with Friday evening bearing the brunt of the action with several contests on Saturday.
The big one Friday night takes place at Tony Paulekas Stadium where the Farrell High Steelers kick off against neighboring rival Sharon.
It's Lou Falconi's Farrell contingent, formerly a WPIAL power and now a member of District 10, going up against Coach Bob Fromm's Tigers.
Are the WPIAL teams head and shoulders above District 10 units?
Friday night's encounter should be a good measuring stick.
Also on Friday, Wilmington hosts Ford City, Grove City is at home against Slippery Rock, Greenville visits Girard, Hickory entertains Western Beaver, Kennedy Catholic visits Rochester, Reynolds treks to Eisenhower, and West Middlesex visits Neshannock.
On Saturday, Sharpsville is on the road to South Side Beaver while Mercer visits Mercyhurst Prep.

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