Bill Cowher was hiredto bethe Steelers head coach at the young age of 34 after the 1991 season, replacing Chuck Noll. Noll had coached the Steelers for 23 seasons, winning 4 Super Bowls in a 6 year span in the 1970s. Energetic and ambitious,Cowher was obviously quite aware of the trends and dynamics of the Caste System, the basics of which had for all intents and purposes been put into place by 1985, when Cowher was finishing his career as White Special Teams Demon/backup linebacker. The Steelers had gone stale at the end of the Noll era, and Cowher quickly refashioned the team after that of Jimmy Johnson's Cowboys, who were then the dominant team in the league. The Cowboys were winning in the early '90s with one of the blackest lineups in NFL history. After his success at the University of Miami with rosters dominated by ghetto thugs, Johnson successfully repeated the demographic process at the next level. Cowher immediately demoted Merrill Hoge and made him a blocking fullback.Hoge was never a featured tailback, but had been the Steelers' leading rusher the previous four seasons, and still holds the distinction of being the last white runner to be the primaryRB for an NFL team. The offensive line became all black, perhaps the first of its kind in league history. On defense, whites were limited to the occasional linebacker. Cowher was almost sadistic in his treatment of white players at times. He loved to humiliatethem during games, screaming at them from the sidelines when they madea mistake. His favorite targets were kickers and punters. A missed field goal or a shanked punt, particularly during nationally televised games, was sure to bring Cowher's best rage, spit flying as he cursed the offender the entire time he ran off the field. By contrast, when black players made bad mistakes, Cowher was a study in near-stoicism. White receivers had absolutely no chance for most of Cowher's tenure. In 1992, his first season, the Steelers had a kid named Mark Diddio out of (then) small college Connecticut. Diddio had Mike Hass-like hands andseemed incapable of dropping a ball. He finally played in a regular season game, made three timely catches, then was promptly "disappeared" and never played again. Cowher wrecked Danny Farmer's pro career, cutting UCLA's all-time receiver in the preseason after drafting him in the fourth round in 2000. Cowher's biggest asset was his ability to motivate his players. He bonded very well with black players, and his ranting and raving was nothing like any head coach before in the NFL. His "style" was black-oriented, even wiggerish. He will always be inextricably linked with Kordell Stewart. Stewart was the Michael Vick of his era, babied to an unbelievable degree by Cowher, who refused to even allow any meaningful competition at the position for year after year even though Stewart was mostly horrible. Steelers fans are as anti-white as any, but even they became sick of Stewart and nasty rumors about Cowher and Stewart being gay lovers were circulated all over the place. Cowher did mellow in the last few years some. After the end of the Great Eight Year Kordell Stewart Experiment, he seemed to become totally converted to the idea of having a white starter at QB. Whites were also staples at tight end and fullback, though mainlyfor blocking purposes. The Steelers even started two white players at defensive end in 2006, andChris Doering had 18 receptions as the Steelers' fifth receiver in 2003, after Doering had been jerked around the league by team after team for the better part of a decade. All in all, Bill Cowher had a coaching career that the Caste System will always revere.