Tressel says he has not been contacted by Browns

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm •  Published: January 9, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Tressel has not been contacted by the Browns about their coaching vacancy.

On Thursday, he found a way to reach out to them.

Ohio State's former coach, who remains wildly popular in his home state, told a Columbus radio station that while he has not had any discussions with the Browns "it doesn't mean that I don't have any interest in the NFL."

Appearing on 97.1 FM, Tressel didn't rule out the possibility that he could be a coaching candidate sometime soon.

"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," said Tressel, who made the appearance to promote an autograph show.

The 61-year-old spent 10 seasons at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes to a national title before he was fired for failing to report violations by some players. Tressel is currently a vice president at Akron, but sounded as if he's itching to return to coaching. He's been watching bowl games and the NFL playoffs with keen interest.

"I don't know if you love football how your blood couldn't boil if you're watching football at this time of year," he said.

Tressel grew up in Berea, where the Browns train and have their headquarters. A report last week that he would be interviewed by the Browns, who are looking to hire their fourth coach in six years, was quickly shot down.

But as long as the Browns' search continues, Tressel's name will be floated as some Cleveland fans fantasize about the sweater-vested coach taking over their perennial loser.

Tressel spent one season as a consultant on Indianapolis' coaching staff under Jim Caldwell. He enjoyed and learned from the experience.

"I had never really experienced the NFL from the inside," he said. "I always looked at it, being from the college sector, that it was different and maybe you couldn't have the impact on the young people like you could in college and whatnot. And really I learned that good coaches like Jim Caldwell and a lot of the folks in the league not only win games and draw Xs and Os, but they really do a good job in helping people in the early part of their lives."

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