Also in this week’s Sports Illustrated: Bill Cowher says he won’t be coaching anytime soon; the Lakers’ new coach is also a Dungeons & Dragons fanatic; inside the ugly ending to Cincinnati and Xavier’s Crosstown ShootoutPosted: December 15, 2011
You have read about Tim Tebow’s appearance on the cover of this week’s issue. Here’s what else readers can expect from the Dec. 19 issue, on newsstands now.
BILL COWHER: THE COACH WHO WON’T COACH – JOE POSNANSKI (@JPosnanski)
Bill Cowher’s demeanor—not to mention his jaw—is seemingly suited for a lifetime on the NFL sideline. Five years after retiring from the Steelers, Cowher is the first choice for any team with an opening, but he has no plans to coach again. In an interview with senior writer Joe Posnanski, Cowher recalls speaking with Bill Parcells before a 2003 game. In response to Parcells’s saying that coaching “is your life,” Cowher thought (page 82): “That can’t be right. This is my life? This is all I’m ever going to be? There’s got to be more than this.”
Cowher has made a seamless transition into his new job as a talking head on CBS’s NFL game-day show. He is also very close with his daughters, Meagan and Lindsay, and involved in many ventures and charities. Cowher says: “I guess I’m not like others, who have regrets about not spending enough time with their families. I always spent a lot of time with family when I was coaching. I built my schedule around them. But it’s still different now. I am free to do things. You’re really not free to do things when you are a coach. You live inside a bubble. You spend every minute solving problems.”