Dantonio Says Tressel Could Win Super Bowl
By Rob Ogden with contributions from Michael Chung
As the Browns inch closer towards hiring Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, it becomes apparent that Jim Tressel will not be the next coach in Cleveland, despite the plea of fans.
[Editor's Note: Since posting this story the hire of Pettine has been announced by the Browns.]
As far as we know, Tressel was never really considered for the position, despite the former Ohio State coach showing interest in the job earlier this month.
“I have not had discussions with Cleveland," Tressel told Columbus radio station 97.1 The Fan. "That doesn't mean 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.”
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While some questioned whether Tressel's coaching style could be successful in the NFL, Michigan State coach and former Tressel assistant Mark Dantonio said he has no doubt it would be.
He even said Tressel could bring the Browns something they've never attained: a Super Bowl.
“Absolutely I think he could win a Super Bowl," Dantonio said. "Most definitely he could.”
Following his resignation from Ohio State, Tressel spent a brief stint as a replay-review consultant with the Indianapolis Colts.
He's worked in a non-athletics position for the University of Akron since February 2012.
Tressel was rumored to be a candidate for the Browns job earlier this month, but that notion was quickly dispelled.
Tressel, a native Clevelander, has shown a desire to get back into coaching.
“I think it's going to be an interesting time in the next few weeks, the next month, and I wouldn't count anything out,” he told the radio station.
Tressel's name was thrown out as a possibility to join the Detroit Lions' staff under new coach Jim Caldwell, for whom he worked for in Indianapolis.
But even that seems like a long shot at this point.
Still, Dantonio said, the desire is there.
"I think Jim Tressel is a guy who is always going to be a coach, whether he is an administrator at the University of Akron, or coaching on the sideline," he said. "I think he impacts young people and he impacts people in general, regardless of what age. He's extremely organized, he's a football coach, he's going to be successful at whatever he chooses to do. As far as his plans, I don't really know his plans. I will say though that football pulls at him.”
Though Tressel may not have been the choice this year, with the Browns, there's always next year.
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