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Question: A friend and I were talking about coaches contracts. He thinks that they are guaranteed money, even if the coach is fired or retires. Does that depend on the the individual contract the coach signs, or is it standard practice to make coaching money guaranteed. Also, if Bill Cowher 'retires' after this season, are the Steelers still obligated to pay the remaining year on his contract?
Brent Strenski, Johnstown, Pa.
BOUCHETTE: Strange that in a league where most every player's contract is not guaranteed, most everyone else's contract is. Bill Cowher has a contract through 2007 that is guaranteed if he coaches or if he's fired. However, if he retires, the Steelers do not have to pay him. It's possible, though, they could reach a settlement where Cowher would be paid a portion of his salary for 2007. Why do this? For his 15 years of service that included delivering a Super Bowl last February.
First Published December 31, 2006 12:00 am