Former N.C. State linebacker and ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher said today that he has a very good job as a CBS analyst, but he certainly hasnt ruled out a return to coaching.
Cowher, who lives in Raleigh, showed up for a spring practice session that was attended by many former players as part of the football programs alumni weekend. New N.C. State chancellor Randy Woodson also attended and met Cowher at the practice.
With regard to coaching again, Cowher who hasnt coached since the 2006 season - says its a year-to-year situation.
"Im very much open minded to it year in and year out, Cowher said.
Here are some other excerpts from Cowhers brief meeting with reporters Friday:
Q: How much does it mean to you to come back and see this program and all the young guys and the new guys out here?
A: Ill, tell you, Tom OBrien, since hes come here, has done a lot of good things. Hes brought a lot of the alumni back here. . . .The fact that the chancellor is here today speaks volumes. I think weve got a good young team. A lot of people get judged by records, its something we all know in sports, but weve got a quality football coach in Tom OBrien and the people that leave here and the kids that leave here are really more enriched than when they came. . . .I think its going to be a good year. Certainly the quarterback position has got to be stable and its pretty wide open in the ACC, but I like the coach they have and the direction theyre going.
Q: On a personal note, how much fun is it for you to be back here?
A: Its great. Its amazing how much better these guys think they are than they were when they played. They all get better with age. Its fun to be around some of the guys and talk about the old games and the old times. Thats the thing that you miss. You can talk about sports a lot. Its camaraderie, its all the hours you spend together and the time you spend together. The memories that you have are what people can never take away from you.
Q: What kind of place does N.C. State have in your heart?
A: Well, its a very special place. Obviously I met my wife here. We both went to school here. We both played sports here. And we decided to come back and make it our home. Regardless of whatever happens with my coaching future, Raleigh will always be my home. That I can say for a fact.
Q: Ive seen you over at the Murphy Center during the season. Do you and Coach (OBrien) talk at all during the season, bounce ideas off each other, or anything like that?
A: Only at times. Certainly we stay in touch and Im here [in Raleigh] Monday through Friday. Ive got nothing else to do because my job is over come Sunday night. Its great. I dont get to see a lot of games because I travel on Saturday, but I do get a chance to watch most of them on TV. And we talk. Coach [Mike] Archer [N.C. States defensive coordinator] coached for me for many years, so I have a little bit of understanding of what hes doing. We do a little coachspeak now and then.