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pr_capone
07-24-2010, 06:27 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10204/1075087-100.stm


Kaye Cowher, the wife of former Steelers football coach Bill Cowher, died Friday in her native North Carolina after losing a battle with skin cancer. She was 54.

The Cowhers moved to Raleigh, N.C., in 2006, Mr. Cowher's final season coaching the Steelers, and continued to make it their home.

The Cowhers met when they were classmates at North Carolina State University in 1976. Mr. Cowher was on the football team and Mrs. Cowher, the former Kaye Young, and her twin sister, Faye, played basketball.

Tall at 5-foot-11, Mrs. Cowher displayed an inside power game that made her one of the first young women in her home state to receive a college athletic scholarship.

Her teams at North Carolina State went 21-3 and 29-5, respectively, winning the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball title in 1978 with a 9-0 record and ranking No. 3 nationally.

Faye and Kaye later played for the Women's Professional Basketball League, where Mrs. Cowher was among the pioneers in the early days of Title IX. They played one season with the New York Stars and two with the New Jersey Gems, competing against notable stars Carol Blazejowski and Nancy Lieberman.

After the league folded in 1981, she married Mr. Cowher, who was then playing for the Cleveland Browns.

From Bunn, N.C., where her father initially refused to let his twin daughters play the rough sport of basketball, Mrs. Cowher's mother made it happen.

"The reason we played is because of my mother," Kaye Cowher told the Post-Gazette in 2002. "She said that absolutely, these girls are going to have the opportunity to play."

She also appeared in a Wrigley Doublemint gum commercial with her twin sister.

Mrs. Cowher spent two years at Peace College in Raleigh before transferring to North Carolina State, where she graduated with a bachelor's in sociology in 1978.

At the time of her death she was a member of the North Carolina State Board of Visitors, an honorary body that advises the chancellor and board of trustees.

The Cowhers have three daughters, Meagan, Lauren, and Lindsay, all of whom have been standout basketball players. The oldest two, Meagan and Lauren, played together at Princeton University, where Meagan was the fourth-highest scorer in the program's history and Lauren was a co-captain finishing the 2008-09 season as the team's leading scorer.

The parents often took in their daughters' Tigers games.

"The girls get all their skills from their Mom -- she started to teach them at an early age," Bill once told The Daily Princetonian. "I'm just a spectator who loves the game."

Mrs. Cowher was a constant presence in the press box on Steelers game days and was considered as resolute and steely as her more famous husband.

She was the driving force behind her husband's retirement in 2007, pressing him to move with her and their youngest daughter to North Carolina, help with the commute to basketball games, reunite the nuclear family before their final daughter left the nest. Lindsay last winter completed her freshman season at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., where she played sparsely in 14 games.

For the last three years, Mr. Cowher, a Crafton native who attended Carlynton High School, has worked as a studio analyst for CBS Sports on its "NFL Today" show.

The family has requested privacy and has released no information on Mrs. Cowher's death. Services will be held in North Carolina on Monday.

mikey23545
07-24-2010, 06:36 AM
How terrible. This is the first I had heard of her illness. No wonder he needed to get out of coaching for a while.

Condolences to the family.

milkman
07-24-2010, 06:45 AM
That's sad.

RIP

Phobia
07-24-2010, 07:31 AM
What a shame.

Finally, Bill and Kordell can be together.

Red Brooklyn
07-24-2010, 08:10 AM
Bummer.

RIP

RJ
07-24-2010, 10:04 AM
I'd never read anything abour her being ill. Good for them for being able to keep private matters private. RIP Mrs. Cowher.

Hoover
07-24-2010, 10:10 AM
What a shame.

Finally, Bill and Kordell can be together.
This

How perfect.

gblowfish
07-24-2010, 10:12 AM
I like Bill Cowher a lot. Very sad to lose a wife that young. Losing a loved one to cancer is a terrible experience. I've been through that myself.

Gracie Dean
07-24-2010, 10:22 AM
How awful. My condolances

KCUnited
07-24-2010, 10:37 AM
My wife is 5'11", decent inside presence in her day, but a poor matchup for my 15 - 20 ft. knock down range and first step off the dribble. I like how you roll, Bill. RIP to your wife.

Chocolate Hog
07-24-2010, 12:12 PM
She was a year older than my mom. I feel sorry for their daughters RIP.

Frankie
07-24-2010, 12:25 PM
That's very sad. Condolences to coach Cowher and his family.

Sidenote: I didn't know skin cancer could kill. I thought it was one of the easier cancers to get rid of.

teedubya
07-24-2010, 12:32 PM
Kaye's down... time to hook up with Faye.

RIP

Chocolate Hog
07-24-2010, 12:33 PM
Any kind of cancer can kill you just depends on when they catch it.

Brock
07-24-2010, 12:36 PM
What a shame.

Finally, Bill and Kordell can be together.

Batting 1000 in the Home Run Derby of Suck.

Simply Red
07-24-2010, 12:57 PM
keep your head up, Bill - RIP - God-bless...

LaChapelle
07-24-2010, 01:25 PM
No for the easily offended



























My groundskeeper said Bill bought burial plots in Overland Park

Guru
07-24-2010, 01:54 PM
Wow, now his temporary retirement makes even more sense.

-King-
07-24-2010, 04:05 PM
What a shame.

Finally, Bill and Kordell can be together.

Jeez, wtf is up with you today?
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Phobia
07-24-2010, 04:32 PM
Jeez, wtf is up with you today?
Posted via Mobile Device

Well, I enjoy making edgy jokes. Been doing it out here for about a full decade.

Ebolapox
07-24-2010, 07:46 PM
damn, RIP.

Mr. Kotter
07-24-2010, 08:42 PM
Batting 1000 in the Home Run Derby of Suck.

1000....shit you must be batting 10000. :rolleyes:

EDIT: Dang, RIP....

boogblaster
07-24-2010, 08:50 PM
RIP

the Talking Can
07-24-2010, 09:12 PM
very sorry for his loss

you know he'd trade every penny....

Buehler445
07-25-2010, 07:57 AM
Damn that sucks. That's younger than my parents.

As to the issue of skin cancer killing, there are different types of skin cancer. My uncle had a really aggressive type and had to have most of his face cut off and then the radiation, and then the chemo. He was a hurting unit for a long long time.

bevischief
07-25-2010, 08:53 AM
That is sad. RIP.

Explains somethings.

Sweet Daddy Hate
07-25-2010, 06:19 PM
Great woman behind a good man.

RIP.

MadMax
07-25-2010, 07:38 PM
Great woman behind a good man.

RIP.



Absolutely!! Wow too young to go that way. :(

DaneMcCloud
07-25-2010, 09:26 PM
What a shame.

Finally, Bill and Kordell can be together.

Dude?!!

Phobia
07-25-2010, 09:33 PM
Dude?!!

Yes? Did somebody know Kaye Cowher personally or something? What's with all the pushback on one tasteless joke about a deceased person? There are thousands of jokes about dead people on every "so and so died" thread. But this one is too much all the sudden? Wow.

MadMax
07-25-2010, 10:03 PM
Yes? Did somebody know Kaye Cowher personally or something? What's with all the pushback on one tasteless joke about a deceased person? There are thousands of jokes about dead people on every "so and so died" thread. But this one is too much all the sudden? Wow.




ROFL! No Phil it's ok :) People get pissy sometimes :)

MadMax
07-25-2010, 10:05 PM
very sorry for his loss

you know he'd trade every penny....




Yeah money means nothing at that point. They seemed like a good family so it makes it hit home more.

milkman
07-25-2010, 10:07 PM
Yes? Did somebody know Kaye Cowher personally or something? What's with all the pushback on one tasteless joke about a deceased person? There are thousands of jokes about dead people on every "so and so died" thread. But this one is too much all the sudden? Wow.

They're all concerned that when Pioli fires Haley, that post will sway Cowher not to take the job.

DaneMcCloud
07-25-2010, 11:22 PM
Yes? Did somebody know Kaye Cowher personally or something? What's with all the pushback on one tasteless joke about a deceased person? There are thousands of jokes about dead people on every "so and so died" thread. But this one is too much all the sudden? Wow.

I'm not saying that I live inside those bounds on Chiefsplanet but with all due respect, I think most people think that you do.

Phobia
07-26-2010, 12:10 AM
I guess that's fair. I usually stay away from the completely tasteless stuff. I'm generally more about the shock factor without the distaste.

Pioli Zombie
07-26-2010, 04:47 AM
Its going to come out now. I fucked Kaye Cowher.

Sweet Daddy Hate
07-26-2010, 10:40 AM
Its going to come out now. I fucked Kaye Cowher.

LMAO

vailpass
07-26-2010, 10:43 AM
Yes? Did somebody know Kaye Cowher personally or something? What's with all the pushback on one tasteless joke about a deceased person? There are thousands of jokes about dead people on every "so and so died" thread. But this one is too much all the sudden? Wow.

It's no skin off my back.

mikey23545
07-26-2010, 11:07 AM
Yes? Did somebody know Kaye Cowher personally or something? What's with all the pushback on one tasteless joke about a deceased person? There are thousands of jokes about dead people on every "so and so died" thread. But this one is too much all the sudden? Wow.

I sure hope your kids and wife die in a painful, fiery way today so I can make some cool, witty post about it.

Lin Elliot
07-26-2010, 11:49 AM
I sure hope your kids and wife die in a painful, fiery way today so I can make some cool, witty post about it.

Now who is the bigger asshole?

Sweet Daddy Hate
07-26-2010, 12:21 PM
Now who is the bigger asshole?

Was there ever a question?

Phobia
07-26-2010, 04:24 PM
I sure hope your kids and wife die in a painful, fiery way today so I can make some cool, witty post about it.

Go for it. I'd have bigger things to worry about than what some random stranger says on the internet from 2500 miles away. But make sure it's witty. That's an important element.

vailpass
07-26-2010, 04:43 PM
I sure hope your kids and wife die in a painful, fiery way today so I can make some cool, witty post about it.

That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.
No way you make a cool and witty post.

Mr. Kotter
07-26-2010, 09:05 PM
I sure hope your kids and wife die in a painful, fiery way today so I can make some cool, witty post about it.

Wow. :spock:

Just wow...

MadMax
07-26-2010, 10:53 PM
I sure hope your kids and wife die in a painful, fiery way today so I can make some cool, witty post about it.




Damn!! You crossed the line.

Sweet Daddy Hate
07-27-2010, 09:23 PM
Mikey may be a fan but he's a DC troll and an Agenda-Pusher first and foremost.

If you come to a football forum and go around swinging political issues/slogans/bullshit in your Sig/Avatar, it may be time to find a new home or stick to the political cesspool.