Former ASU assistant Mike Tomlin receives 2-year extension

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed coach Mike

Tomlin to a two-year contract extension through the 2012 season,

with an option year in 2013.

The extension was expected because the Steelers' policy has been

to sign a coach before he begins the final season of a contract.

Tomlin is only the Steelers' third coach since 1969, following

Chuck Noll (1969-91) and Bill Cowher (1992-2006).

Tomlin is 31-17 in three seasons. During the 2008 season, he

became the youngest coach - he was 36 - to win the Super Bowl when

the Steelers beat Arizona 27-23.

The Steelers were 9-7 and missed the playoffs last season. They

open training camp July 30 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported July 13 that Tomlin had

signed a three-year extension.