Cowher's daughter an emerging star at Princeton

Updated: February 3, 2006, 5:39 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press