The Browns are well into their second week without a head coach, but a familiar name continues to show up on their radar. Former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel joined Bishop and Rothman on 97.1 in Columbus and did not exactly dismiss interest in an NFL job:
“I have not had discussions with Cleveland. It doesn’t mean that I don’t have any interest in, the NFL right now, I don’t want to paint that picture.”
The comments come just a few days after a reporter out of Akron floated a rumor that Tressel would interview for the job that opened up after the team fired Rob Chudzinski after just one season. Tressel did work in the NFL with Indy in 2011 as a video coordinator under Jim Caldwell and even interviewed for the job twice according to published reports. Today he looked fondly on his short stint with the Colts.
“I really did enjoy that year I spent in Indianapolis. Jim Caldwell was a special person to work with, he had a great staff. I had never really experienced the NFL from the inside – you really had better have the right people with you to give you a chance to succeed. I think the key would be: Can you get the right staff around you, and obviously I feel I’m a very good judge of coaches.”
Tressel, currently the interim President at University of Akron, says he understands the speculation
“I think I’m at the moment in my life that, interestingly enough, there’s a lot of things swirling around. We have an administrative change here at the University of Akron, and there are changes in my former profession going on – head coaching. Obviously then, it trickles down to the staff and so I think it’s going to be an interesting time here in the next few weeks – the next month – and I wouldn’t count anything out.”
The former Ohio State Coach and “Winner’s Manual” author said the fire is still burning to get back into football.
“Just being honest with yourself, you have to sit there saying ‘Oh my Gosh, wouldn’t it be fun a part of that’, and then of course your alarm goes off and you’re in the moment – deeply entrenched in the job that you’re being asked to do.”