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.”
Thus 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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