Tressel Says He's Open to NFL Job
By Rob Ogden
Jim Tressel has not been contacted by the Cleveland Browns about the team's coaching vacancy, but might be interested in the NFL if the right opportunity came along, the former Ohio State coach told 97.1 The Fan Thursday.
“I have not had discussions with Cleveland," Tressel told the radio station. "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.”
Tressel's name became linked to the recently vacated job last week when rumors surfaced that the Browns were interested in the 61-year-old coach.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, a Browns official was quick to deny the report that the team had any interest in Tressel.
But it appears Tressel, a Cleveland native, might be interested in them.
Asked if he would like to return to coaching, Tressel left the door open.
“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 said.
At the premier of "Youngstown Boys" last month, Tressel told reporters that he hasn't put much thought into coaching again and said he had not been directly involved in any coaching searches other than with the Indianapolis Colts in early 2012.
Tressel reportedly interviewed for the Colts head coaching job after spending a season with the team as a consultant.
"I really did enjoy that year I spent in Indianapolis," Tressel said to reporters. "I had never experienced the NFL from the inside."
He added that there was a lot about coaching that he missed.
Tressel has been out of coaching since he was forced to resign as Ohio State's coach in May of 2011 because of NCAA violations.
He said in order to be successful in the NFL, a head coach must surround himself with a quality staff.
"You better have the right people with you to give you a chance to succeed," Tressel said. "Obviously I feel like I'm a pretty good judge of coaches."
The Cleveland job became vacant when the Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski less than a year after hiring him.
If he did take an NFL job, Tressel wouldn't be the first college coach to make the jump to the pros in recent years.
San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh, Seattle's Pete Carroll and Philadelphia's Chip Kelly all led their teams to the playoffs this season.
Alabama's Nick Saban spent two seasons as the coach of the Miami Dolphins before returning to college.
In 2001, the Browns hired University of Miami coach Butch Davis.
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