Conflicting Reports: Jim Tressel may interview for Cleveland Browns coaching job

During Thursday night’s Sugar Bowl, it was reported that Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops “may have the inside track” on the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching job. Prior to that, Vanderbilt’s James Franklin and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn were, among others, attached to the search.

Now, the Browns have interest in another man who made his name in the college game, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. Joe Dunn of Akron’s Fox Sports 1350 is reporting that Tressel will interview for the position in the next few days.

Tressel, who is a native of Akron, Ohio, began his head coaching career at Youngstown State, before being hired by the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2001. He coached in Columbus until 2010, winning one national championship along the way. Tressel was unceremoniously fired following the Ohio State memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal.


After news of a potential Tressel interview surfaced, ESPN’s Adam Schefter shot it down as conjecture.

Mary Kay Cabot then backed off her initial tweet and echoed Schefter’s report.

  • ScottMc76

    I know this is an old article… but here we are again, with the Browns wrapping up another dismal season and cleaning house. The Browns’ number one problem is not bad coaching, bad play calling or lack of talent. It’s a culture problem. And there’s no one better than Jim Tressel at building a team culture. Cleveland needs to take another look at Tressel as a step toward putting their toxic, immature team culture behind them and getting back to the basics of the game and learning to respect themselves, their team and their fans.