UPDATE: Welp, that was fun. Nice work, owning both sides of this rumor, Akron Fox Sports 1350 AM!
I'm told it's false that #Browns will interview former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, per a report on Akron Fox Sports' 1350 AM— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 3, 2014
Jim Tressel will interview for the Cleveland Browns job, according to Joe Dunn of Akron's Fox Sports 1350. Per the report, Tressel will interview within the next few days.
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
The Browns need a jolt, and this would undoubtedly give them one – along with a proven winner.
Tressel last coached in 2010 for Ohio State, where he accumulated a 106-22 record in 10 seasons in charge of the Buckeyes, winning the national championship in 2003 and collecting seven Big Ten titles along the way. He resigned on Memorial Day 2011 in the wake of a scandal that saw players receive benefits for memorabilia.
Ohio State vacated all of the teams' wins from the 2010 season and Tressel received a five-year show-cause penalty from the NCAA.
In September of that year, he accepted a position with the Indianapolis Colts as a video consultant. He was suspended by the Colts for his first six games of that season due to his NCAA violations.
Shortly after Colts coach Jim Caldwell was fired, Tressel interviewed twice for the head coaching job in Indianapolis, but was ultimately passed up in favor of Chuck Pagano.
Months later, he accepted a position as the Vice President for Student Success at the University of Akron, which he's held since.
Browns, make this happen.