Sunday, January 21, 2007

Dennis Regan Withdraws Name For Consideration as Steelers' Head Coach

Steelers Pick Mike Tomlin as Head Coach

Pittsburgh (AP) - Former Mayoral Aid Dennis Regan withdrew his name from consideration today as new Steelers Head Coach, allowing the organization to select Mike Tomlin as new head coach.

Steelers' President Art Rooney released a statement from his office: "We are deeply saddened that Mr. Regan chose to withdraw his name, we wish him best of luck in his future endeavors. We hope that Mr. Tomlin brings the same organizational skills and brute force as Mr. Regan would have."

The inclusion of Regan as a potential head coach for a major league football teams was seen by many as a controversial choice. Regan previously held no coaching experience in any professional sport. Critics of the choice claimed that Regan was only short listed because his brother's wife's cousin's ex-roommate was the sister of the guy who manages the front office. Regan had vehemently denied this claim:

"The fact that some of your political adversaries and mine would attempt to exploit this issue for their personal political gain and the fact that some members of the media would act as judge and jury with no facts is inexcusable and unacceptable," he wrote in a press release.

Rumors that Mr. Regan had assisted a Steelers' security guard who had had a run-in with a local Pittsburgh political official were also denied.

Mr. Regan did not elaborate on future plans, but he is expected to remain active in revenue generation for players.

In an unrelated story, Catherine McNeilly was demoted from assistant offensive line coordinator to backup assistant kickoff tee grabber.

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