Neal Coolong

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Neal Coolong is the managing editor of Behind The Steel Curtain on SB Nation. He began writing for the site in 2008, taking over the reins of BTSC in 2012 from site founder Michael Bean.

A former resident of Pittsburgh, Coolong ended up in the Minneapolis area, attending high school there before attending college at North Dakota State University. While there, he served as the sports editor and eventually the editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper. He also interned and worked at The Forum in Fargo, N.D.

After college, he worked for two years at different daily papers in Iowa before leaving the grind of the industry. Along with daily newspaper credits, he has published work for AOL, Steel City Insider, Pittsburgh Magazine and Sports Illustrated's FanNation.

Coolong appears on ESPN Radio FM 92.3 in Selinsgrove, Pa., each Monday during the regular season. He also makes frequent appearances on Trib Live Radio with Dan Dudley.

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Making sense out of So'oto's release

Cutting So'oto sets up what could be a battle for the team's fourth outside linebacker position between veteran Chris Carter and UDFA rookie Howard Jones. The team may give Jones Thursday's game to...

Steelers cut nine players, including Dangerfield

The Pittsburgh Steelers have trimmed nine players from their roster, with six more coming by 4 p.m. Tuesday. Jordan Dangerfield and Vic So'oto are the most notable.

He who hits the hardest...


Lambert's wisdom echoes through to today.

Steeler Nation, Ireland chapter


Steeler Nation is everwhere...

Spence won't play vs. Panthers, looks to Cleveland

Spence tore his left knee up badly in the Steelers' last preseason game against Carolina in 2012. He won't play against them this year, but is optimistic about playing in his first regular season...

Steelers may suspend, NFL can't be in support

It would appear both the NFL and the Steelers want to issue some kind of discipline on Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. The question is how much and when.

Art Rooney II takes Ice Bucket Challenge


Steelers president Art Rooney II doused with ice water...always a fun time.

And there will be flags

There's an obvious shift in the Steelers' defensive statistics from a year after James Harrison's initial fine to the present time. Allowing another dropoff due to league-enforced initiatives will...

Troy is angry and he should be

Polamalu is a fiery, emotional player, contrary to popular belief. It appeared he was fed up in the third quarter of the team's recent loss to Philadelphia. That should serve as a wake-up call to...

Baby Bettis


The legacy of Steelers running back Jerome Bettis will continue into the next generation.

Hypocycloid-based chairs


May be a nice grab for the deck or patio...or just torturing fans of other teams if/when they visit.

He's Jack Lambert. 'Nuff said.


One of the biggest badasses in the history of the NFL.

Haley responds to Snoop's criticism

Haley has a sense of humor, at least, even if many Steelers fans right now do not.

Domestic violence is a personal issue for Gay

Domestic violence is not about suspensions for fines for Steelers eight-year cornerback William Gay. It hits him on a much more personal level, writes O-R's Dale Lolley.

Panthers vs. Steelers: Carolina will play starters

The Steelers and Panthers both struggled in their third preseason games, and Panthers coach Ron Rivera says his starting offense will see game action against the Steelers Thursday.

Sean Spence will not need surgery

Spence's comeback story has been remarkable, and the fear was he would have to do it all again.

Post Week 3 Steelers 53-man roster projection

There probably aren't a whole lot of battles remaining on the team's roster, but other issues need to be accounted for at this point. The Steelers will make their initial cut down to 75 on Tuesday....

Vintage Bradshaw


Just a classic shot...

Keisel aiming to lead defensive line

The veteran was added to the Steelers' roster just in time to witness a defensive meltdown in its third preseason game. Keisel's aiming to help lead them and his performance on the field will do...

All the rings...


A seventh would look really nice with this too.

Keep calm and Renegade on


A good message to send right now, from The Classy Yinzer

Friday night 5 questions and open thread

Game-planning, Edmund Nelson and a sneaky call for arguments for the 2014 Isaac Redman Award winner.

Fantasy value of Antonio Brown rising

It was an otherwise forgettable game for the Steelers on both sides of the ball but Antonio Brown is continuing to show is value as a Fantasy receiver.

PFF grades for the Steelers loss to Eagles

The defense was particularly ripped by play evaluation web site Pro Football Focus after Thursday night's game.

Josh Miller's Always a Home Game

The Steelers lost to road games this preseason, the second year in a row that's happened, but ex-Steelers P Josh Miller reminds fans Pittsburgh is never far from the Steelers.

Snoop goes off on Steelers OC Todd Haley

It's funny, and it makes you think (warning: language laps galore for Snoop).

Sean Spence suffers knee injury in loss to Eagles

The Steelers witness the injury to emotional leader Spence amid a shellacking at the hands of the Eagles.

Jason Worilds goes down with knee injury

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said linebacker Jason Worilds has a knee injury of some type and he will be evaluated Monday.

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