The Cleveland Browns coaching search is about to take a look at a former coaching legend in the state of Ohio as former Youngstown State and Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel will interview for their head coaching job according to Joe Dunn of Akron’s Fox Sports 1350.
Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel will interview for #Browns head coach job within next few days, per Joe Dunn of Akron’s Fox Sports 1350
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 3, 2014
UPDATE (5;30 p.m.)
Browns official on team’s reported interview of former Ohio State HC Jim Tressel: “Totally false. A lot of BS coming out about us.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2014
Tressel has zero NFL head coaching experience and the only work he’s done in the NFL came with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 when he worked as a consultant. The Detroit Free Press reported that he interviewed for the Colts job that eventually went to Chuck Pagano two seasons ago.
Tressel, however is famous for leading the Buckeyes to a 106-22 record, including winning the national title in 2002 after they knocked off the Miami Hurricanes in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, over his 10 years in Columbus.
As successful as he was in Ohio State, his tenure was marred after he resigned in May of 2011 amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits.
Tressel won four Division I-AA national championships during his 15 seasons at Youngstown State in which he compiled a career record of 135-57-2. For his career he has a 229-79-2 record and claims 12 Coach of the Year awards during his career.
NFL teams have warmed to the idea of successful college coaches coming to the NFL in recent years, but considering Tressel has been out of the game for the past couple years, it would be a surprise should he be hired.
However, I think it would be a really interesting hire and generate some excitement within the fan base.