Report: Jim Tressel Will Interview for Browns Job (or Maybe Not)

By Jason Priestas on January 3, 2014 at 6:12p

UPDATE: Welp, that was fun. Nice work, owning both sides of this rumor, Akron Fox Sports 1350 AM!

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.

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.

Source: @MaryKayCabot


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Rjr88's picture

I want whatever is best for JT.  He forever deserves my gratitude!


JozyMozy's picture

This. I'm a fan of a different Ohio NFL team, and I'm still stoked at this news. If the Browns do this, I can't even imagine the excitement. MAKE IT HAPPEN, HASLAM.

allbucksallthetime's picture

For once can the Brown's ownership make a choice that is GOOD for their future?!  Coach Tressel would be great in Cleveland.  Go Bucks!  

BassDropper's picture

You guys don't know how bad I want this for the Browns. Get Tress, draft Johnny....Superbowl


Idaho Helga's picture

Get Tress, leave Johnny Headcase behind.   There are some good QB's, get a different one. Oh, and get El Guapo in 2nd round. Seriously, how cool would that be?

Rjr88's picture

It will be painful to watch JT struggle with the Browns, but if that is what he wants, he deserves a shot.


Kaceybrown's picture

If he is the HC, I'm gonna have to go buy that freakin nfl game plan thing so I can watch all the Cleveland games. YES PLEASE. 

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luckynewman13's picture

I've never been a Browns fan. If Tressel gets hired, however, I wiill buy every piece of Browns gear I can off the internet within an hour of the announcement.

FUqUespin's picture

I will wear Cleveland Browns gear in Texas.  I have never been a Browns fan.

millertime2011's picture

I know it wouldn't be directly an OSU hire, and I know that not everyone on here is a browns fan, but if this happens, I don't think there's ever been more of a need for a non-osu related gray box

Jonnferrell's picture

Ok, now who's on his staff?

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Rjr88's picture

Love how this would be like how Paul Brown coached OSU and the Browns (and Bengals). Unique to The state of OHIO!


CarolinaBuck's picture

I'm kind of warming up to this. I'm not a huge Tressel fan but what do we have to lose? Josh McCallister(sp) doesn't do anything for me so why not Tress. If he screws it up, then we'll fire him in a couple of years just like we have done with everyone else and like we'll probably do to the next coach if it isn't Tressel.

EDUGOON's picture

A Browns hire Tress would be a great move in several different areas. I could see Tress getting the nod and taking a once recruited Taj Boyd later in the draft. Browns need more playmakers in my opinion. Big time talent coming up in this draft at WR. Marquesse Lee and Evans to name a few.

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millertime2011's picture

Now reports are that this is completely false. WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE FALSE?

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Because this would make too much sense. I have learned from years of being a Browns fan. Of course, knowing Banner and Lombardi, they may be interviewing and they're trying to cover it up as much as possible

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Jonnferrell's picture

Damn--let me get this fish hook outta my mouth

"I miss Brady Hoke."

Rjr88's picture

How cool if Tressel won:
Four Division 1-AA championships,
An NCAA Championship, and
A Super Bowl
all in the State of OHIO
coolest thing ever


Idaho Helga's picture

They should consider this, seriously.  They could do worse...oh wait, they already HAVE THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS.

BuckeyeTrack10's picture

If true, I think this could actually work for Cleveland. Anyone else agree?

Rjr88's picture

This would be exactly what the Browns need


FROMTHE18's picture

I dont know how Tress would fit with an NFL team. Seems like he is a players coach and loves teaching young men how to be successful. In Cleveland, the teacher role really doesnt exist. Or does it?

Rjr88's picture

Tressel showed that he could take his system from Division 1-AA to OSU, and he would be equally adaptable in the NFL.


741's picture

This is so Cleveland.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Mary Kay Cabot is the Mindy Drayer of Akron?

Just not as orange.

Jonnferrell's picture

LOL--like fine leather--with diagrams.

"I miss Brady Hoke."

DefendYoungstown's picture

I have always been a Steelers fan. I would in no way stop pulling for the Steelers but I would pull for JT. My man crush oh Tress has weird powers that I cannot explain.
What if he gave MoC a try out???

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

Earle's picture

I have loved the Browns my entire life, and the only thing I can think to say is "DON'T DO IT, JIM!!"

The franchise is a black hole. JT deserves better.

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J.Mo's picture

Off topic but I think Gus Malzhan could pass as Tressel's brother. They look alike. 

ih8rolltyde's picture

Malzhan is a big dude, easily 6'4. He would be JT's really big, younger brother.

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45has2's picture

This would be great just so The Vest could coach and tell the NCAA: "I got your show cause, RIGHT HERE."

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

Patriot4098's picture

As a Steelers fan, please, no. Just no.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

3-yrds_and_a_CLOUD's picture

I for one really believe that The Vest could do some very good things on the Brown's sideline. I imagine he could take that good defensive roster to the next level. Not really a Browns fan, but I would still LOVE to see this and seee it work.

“Success is the inner satisfaction and peace of mind that come from knowing I did the best I was capable of doing for the group.”
- Jim Tressel

lamplighter's picture

Bring the Senator to Cleveland!

harleymanjax's picture

Lol epic trolling of Browns fans!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

texasbuckeye's picture

Does Mary Kay break any Browns news?  All she does is repeat what other people report before her.

VintonCountyBuck's picture

Does Mary Kay break any Browns news?  All she does is repeat what other people report before her.

I thought she only dealt with cosmetics?

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buckeye20's picture

Hire JT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ChazBuckeye's picture

This would be a jolt, but I don't think this is what JT wants (I've heard he's next in line for the Akron President Job per an admin at Akron too by the by).  It would be GREAT to see him on the sidelines again, just not on the sidelines of an expansion team.  This isn't your old Browns, they're in Baltimore.  <This statement wasn't made to ensight rage btw.  It's about whether JT wants what comes along with the "current" Browns HC job.  It's a graveyard for NFL coaches, not sure that's where he'd want to start his new career...just saying.  

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tracyre's picture

I would love this for so many reasons.  But hearing how he coaches, and what really matters to him - the kids - would be really be interested?!

andretolstoy's picture

I'd rather Jim Tressel buy the Browns first.
On another note. I've wanted to ask this for awhile but was a bit hesitant. What are the chances of M. Clarett suiting up again? And what are the chances he suits up for the Browns?