Cowher to announce retirement tomorrow, sources say
Thursday, January 04, 2007
By Gerry Dulac and Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers have a called a news conference for 1 p.m. tomorrow to announce that Bill Cowher will retire after 15 seasons, sources have told the Post-Gazette.
Cowher, 49, will attend the news conference to announce his decision.
Cowher called Steelers chairman Dan Rooney this afternoon and said he did not want to wait any longer to announce his decision.
Cowher was going to wait until Monday, but he did not want to delay the Steelers' search for his successor.
Cowher drove to Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday after meeting with Dan Rooney and president Art Rooney II. He has one year remaining on his contract, but he has told friends and associates he wants to spend more time with his family.
Meantime, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, one of the leading candidates to replace Cowher, interviewed this morning with the Atlanta Falcons and owner Arthur Blank.