Reports: Tressel Has Second Interview with Colts
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — According to a report by WBNS-TV in Columbus, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel has had not one, but two interviews with the Indianapolis Colts about their vacant coaching position.
Tressel served as a replay consultant for the Colts this past season under former head coach Jim Caldwell, but immediately became a frontrunner to replace Caldwell after he was let go following a 2-14 season.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Colts owner Jim Irsay flew to Florida on Friday to discuss the team's head-coaching job with Tressel, who served as the head coach at Ohio State for 10 seasons before he was forced to resign last May.
The most interesting part of the WBNS-TV report, however, is the fact this is a second interview for Tressel. It only seemed natural he would get an initial interview based on his history of success at the college level, but a second interview suggests Irsay is seriously considering the 59-year old.
Tressel won 229 games at the college level, including an official record of 94-22 at Ohio State. He won four national championships at Youngstown State and one BCS National Title with the Buckeyes in 2002.
The Cleveland native was strongly considered for job openings with the Browns in the past, but showed little or no interest in leaving the college game. That certainly changed last May when Tressel was forced to leave Ohio State amidst NCAA scandal.
He was just recently given a 5-year “show-cause” penalty by the NCAA infractions committee for his role in the violations that led to Ohio State’s 1-year postseason ban.
The Colts made Tressel sit out the first five games of the 2011 NFL season in accordance with his previously scheduled suspension, which NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he would have enforced.
There is nothing, however, that precludes Tressel from taking a head-coaching job in the NFL, and nothing to stop Irsay from hiring him, if that is the direction he chooses to go.
Irsay recently gutted the Colts front office, including the team’s vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, who was the Colts’ general manager. Indianapolis has the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and they are expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, even with Pro Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning returning from neck surgery.
The Colts have also shown interest in former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who has ties to new general manager Ryan Grigson from their days in Philadelphia.
Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer have also interviewed—or will interview—for the vacant head-coaching position in Indianapolis.
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