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Report: Jim Tressel could take important job with Lions

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Jim Tressel could be looking at an NFL job in Detroit. (USATSI)
Jim Tressel could be looking at an NFL job in Detroit. (USATSI)

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When Jim Tressel resigned from Ohio State, he landed a temporary one-year job with the Indianapolis Colts, working under then-coach Jim Caldwell in 2011 as the team's replay-review consultant. Now, with Tressel still out of a coaching job two years later, it sounds like he and Caldwell, the new coach in Detroit, might reunite.

That's the word from ESPN.com's Pat McManamon, who writes that Tressel could join the Lions organization "in some capacity of importance" and that "one person close to Tressel even said a deal to bring him to Detroit has been agreed to, pending approval of the front office."

Of course, the spry editors at Wikipedia are ahead of the news here.

Back to reality. Aside from his consultation role in Indianapolis, Tressel -- currently working as an advisor to the outgoing University of Akron president -- has never coached in the NFL.

Although those spry editors at Wikipedia seemed to believe that Tressel had joined the Browns franchise -- which actually would make plenty of sense -- Cleveland reportedly has no interest in hiring (or even talking to) Tressel about a role in the organization.

Last week in a radio interview, Tressel explained why he might want to get back into coaching.

“I think I'm at the moment in my life that interestingly enough there's a lot of things swirling around,” Tressel said. “We have an administrative change here at the University of Akron, and there are changes in my former profession going on -- head coaching and obviously then it trickles down to the staff. So I think it's going to be an interesting time here in the next few weeks, next month, and I wouldn't count anything out.”

But the Browns have made it clear that he's not wanted in Cleveland.

Asked why the team wouldn't consider Tressel, Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Mary Kay Cabot opined, "I'm not exactly sure why the Browns won't interview Tressel, but he's been out of football for a few years and also might be a little older (61) than what they have in mind. Most of their candidates have been in the 35-51 range. Plus, if they interview him but not hire him, fans might revolt. I also think they're looking for a coach who's on a roll in his current situation."

Huh, perhaps beggars shouldn't be choosers in Cleveland's case. Besides, why would anybody want to anger these sweet little girls and NOT hire Tressel?

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