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Cowher to decide his future after the season

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 14, 2006) -- Bill Cowher will wait until the end of the season to decide whether he'll return to coach the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"There will be something at the end of the year," Cowher said Dec. 13 during a conference call with reporters in Charlotte, N.C. "I'll sit back and put a lot of thought into it and make a decision accordingly.

"Right now, my focus is purely on trying to find a way to win these last three games and see where that takes us."

The defending Super Bowl champions lost six of their first eight games and have rallied to 6-7.

Cowher, who has another year left on his contract, said several times during the offseason he prefers to work on a year-to-year basis. He adopted that stance after the Steelers went 6-10 in 2003 after winning 23 games the previous two seasons.

Cowher is in his 15th season, the longest tenure with the same club by an active NFL head coach.

Cowher's decision to not sign an extension has fanned speculation he might retire at the end of the season.

Rumors intensified last year when he and his family purchased a $2.5 million luxury home in Raleigh, N.C., where he attended North Carolina State. Cowher's wife and youngest daughter live there.

The Associated Press News Service

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