Tressel not on track for Browns job

Tressel not on track for Browns job
January 10, 2014, 9:00 am
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November 24, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes former coach Jim Tressel is held by players from his 2002 National Championship team in a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium.

(Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports)

Jim Tressel is about as Ohio as you get, but that apparently doesn’t translate into a shot at the Cleveland Browns’ head coaching job.

Tressel grew up in Berea, the same town where the Browns have their training headquarters. He coached at Youngstown State and then Ohio State. And since being forced to leave OSU in the wake of an NCAA investigation, he’s now in a vice president’s job at the University of Akron.

The Plain Dealer recently reported that Tressel — who had a 106-22 record, played in two BCS national championship games and won one national title with the Buckeyes — will not be interviewed by the Browns for their coaching vacancy. And Tressel confirmed to a Cleveland radio station that he hasn’t heard from the team.

“I have not had discussions with Cleveland,” Tressel told 97.1 FM The Fan. “It doesn’t mean that I don’t have any interest in the NFL or anything. I don’t want to paint that picture. But at this point in time, I have not.”

Should Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell get another head coaching job — he’s interviewed with the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins, though the Redskins went with Jay Gruden — he could hire Tressel for his staff, according to reports. When Caldwell was with the Indianapolis Colts, he added Tressel as a replay assistant in 2011.