NFL Rumor: Browns to interview Jim Tressel for head coaching job

Well, there you have it. Only a day after three teenagers made a viral video petitioning for the Cleveland Browns to consider Jim Tressel as their new head coach, a report went viral on Friday evening saying that Jim Tressel might actually be a candidate.

The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot first tweeted this evening, citing Akron Zips broadcaster Joe Dunn of Fox Sports 1350, that Tressel will interview for the Browns coaching opening within the next few days.

About 25 minutes later, Cabot then tweeted that she was told Dunn’s report is false.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter also added, from a Browns official, that the report is “totally false.”

Ohio State Spring Football Preview with Coach Jim TresselThus far, the Browns interviewed Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. They’re set to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Boston on Saturday.

Tressel, 61, recently received another promotion as an administrator at the University of Akron. His new title is executive vice president with added responsibilities in the transition of retiring university president Luis Proenza. Tressel has been a rumored candidate for that position as well.

The NCAA gave Tressel a five-year show-cause penalty in December 2011. That mostly prohibits him from coaching in the college ranks, but there are no clear indications of necessarily over-bearing issues with being an NFL head coach.

Again, this is a strange, strange news story. Cabot’s contradicted a report she first tweeted within 25 minutes. AP’s Tom Withers had said that he’s heard similarly. But we’ll what else becomes of this shortly.

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  • nj0

    Off the top of my head: I think he’d be the 2nd oldest coach in the NFL after Coughlin.

  • @TheDeePagel

    Hey Shammy…

    I’m shaking the pom-poms real hard on this one!

  • Bob O’Brien

    MKC is an abomination.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    I’m not saying that I believe jimkanicki’s theory that these coaching rumors are to move the story past the Chud firing, I’m just saying that some people believe it.

  • Fernandinho

    Or, if you are the Browns’ PR department, otherwise known as “Employee of the Month”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    LoL Cabot is just messin’ with your head bro!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Part of me wouldn’t mind her interviewing me in the locker room!

  • Wow

    I’m so over Lombardi and his ineptness. He has media buddies, this has his name written all over it.

  • Jeremy Humbert

    Cabot also reports that Jason Campbell is an elite QB! It must be true!!! Oh wait, see has conceded that she was wrong, cause he isn’t….

  • saggy

    I’ve never seen this woman in person (MKC) – is she at least cute? i mean, why the heck does she still have a job?

  • deesh

    Look I loved Tressel during his time with the Bucks, but does anyone really wanna see Willis McGhee trying to run out the clock when we’re up 7-6 with 5:10 left in the 3rd?

  • Sam

    Without makeup on she would look like Gerard Warren’s big toe.

  • simond


    Craig Krenzel, Troy Smith and Maurice Clarett are available too!

    Mike Doss is retired 🙁

  • Obimackenobi

    The Cleveland Browns organization is a ponzi scheme being run by a bunch of mobsters who’re ducking taxes, laundering money and who have no real interest in doing anything but getting richer on the backs of a genuine but naive fan base. The trade of Treat Richardson is just one indicator of something bizarre going on behind the scenes. After a while, you just have to say to yourself, the script I’m seeing is the same as last year’s script and realize that people who want to fix problems eventually do if that’s what they’re hearts are into. But I don’t believe for a minute that the organization leadership is either capable of or wants to achieve its stated goal. What did Mike Holmgren do for Cleveland? As far as I know, he did nothing but make himself more powerful and richer. The Cleveland fan base is being used and abused! Nobody deserves a day of glory more than the Cleveland Browns. For as much as Paul Brown gave to the NFL and football itself and for as storied a franchise as the Browns is, you would think that someone would come in and finally say, enough is enough! This is a team with world Championships! Start the Super Bowl era 3 years earlier and they are Super Bowl I Champs. Cleveland deserves better! It’s time to bring the glory and prestige back to this team. As it is, we have players tweeting how much of a “joke” this organization is. I can’t imagine that of a team like the Packers, 49ers or Steelers. It’s time. We all deserve better as Football fans whether you like the Browns or not.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    How does MKC have a job? serious question. I cant recall her providing any breaking story that turned out to be true in like 5-10 years. Isnt her job as the local beat reporter to get valid, worthwhile information before the national media?? When has that ever happened? Again, serious question.

  • zonk

    Because she is not Tony Grossi

  • Petefranklin

    And the 2nd worst behind Garret