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Cowher's daughter an emerging star at Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Bill Cowher isn't the only one in his
family having a super season.

While Cowher has his Steelers in the Super Bowl, his oldest
daughter is emerging as the star of the Princeton women's
basketball team.

Meagan Cowher, a 6-foot-1 sophomore forward, has been Ivy League
Player of the Week twice this year and has the Tigers riding a
six-game winning streak and tied with Dartmouth for first place.

She'll play against Yale on Friday and Brown on Saturday night
before jetting to Detroit to join her family and root on her
father's team.

"I've got two games that I've got to take care of, and that's
what I'm thinking about. That's where my mind is," she said.
"Then I'll start to think about the Super Bowl."

The 19-year-old comes from a family with athletic talent.

In addition to her famous father, her mother and her mother's
twin sister both played basketball at North Carolina State and
professionally. Her own two sisters, Lauren and Lindsay, play high
school ball.

Meagan Cowher said she chose Princeton because of its mix of
athletics and academics and because she "didn't want to sacrifice
her education."

For her first six months at the school, no one knew whose
daughter she was, and then the whispers started.

"People have been really respectful about it," she said.
"Some of my guy friends are gamblers and have asked me some
questions ahead of Sunday, but it's nothing serious. It's all
really lighthearted."

Cowher gets to as many games as he can. After Sunday, it will
become easier.

"I have four women who are very special to me and I follow them
dearly. There is nothing that I'll enjoy more, even after Super
Bowl Sunday, then when I'll be in a gym Monday night watching my
two younger ones play," he said.

"It's special to have them there with you and it's more special
to be with them, too, when they're competing," he said.

Called "Megs" by her father, she said the coach is not as
animated at her games as he is on the Steelers sidelines.

"He's much more subdued. You hear my mother's voice more,
piercing through the crowd and noise," she said.

At home, both father and daughter agree on one thing -- he is not
in charge.

"We don't see that at home. He's a big softie. We veto his
clothes when he comes down in the morning. It's tough for him in a
four-woman household," she said.

"To go home to that house and be put in my place like I'm put
in my place ... I never get to tell anyone what to do," Cowher
said Wednesday in Detroit. "I'm being told what to do and what to
wear, where to go, and there is something pretty special about
that."

Meagan Cowher remembers well the last time Cowher's Steelers
were in the Super Bowl. They lost 27-17 to the Dallas Cowboys in
1996, and still remembers the "devastation" in her father's eyes
after he came off the field.

She would like to see another reaction on Sunday.

"Hopefully things will be different this time around," she
said.