April 17, 2014

Video: 10-year-old girls pen second open letter to Cleveland Browns

The 10-year-olds for Tressel are back with another message for the Cleveland Browns, complete with lists, OMAHA, and sage advice from their elders.

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Lions hire Jim Caldwell; Jim Tressel to follow?

jim caldwellThe Detroit Lions are set to hire Jim Caldwell as their new head coach and Jim Tressel could be on his way to Michigan as well.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news about Caldwell shortly after noon on Tuesday. Other confirmations continue to flow in.

On Monday night, Sirius XM’s Adam Caplan shared that if Caldwell were to land in Detroit, that we should watch out for Tressel to be named as his offensive coordinator. The two worked together when Tressel served as an Indianapolis Colts consultant in 2011.

Caldwell, 58, is most well known for his role as QB coach and offensive coordinator in Indianapolis from 2002-2008. After Tony Dungy retired, he was the head coach from 2009-2011. His final season was the team’s 2-14 season in between Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck.

The coach landed back on his feet in Baltimore, where he again served as QB coach and offensive coordinator for the last two years. He earned his second Super Bowl ring last season with Joe Flacco and company.

The Lions appeared to be an enviable opening in the NFL landscape because of the presence of quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson. They appeared to be the favorite to land Ken Whisenhunt, but the former Chargers coordinator decided to become the head coach in Tennessee.

Tressel was once a rumored candidate in Cleveland, but that never materialized. As of last reports, he had been interested in NFL jobs, but has not been contacted yet. The Caldwell-Tressel connection seems obvious—it’s just a matter of whether the 61-year-old Ohio State legend will make the job from University of Akron administrator to NFL assistant.

The Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings positions remain as the only two head coaching vacancies in the NFL. The Browns appear willing to wait until the Denver Broncos season is finalized so they can interview Adam Gase.

[Related: I want to be The Earthquake]

Photo: Kenneth K. LAM, Baltimore Sun

NFL Rumor: Browns to interview Jim Tressel for head coaching job

Well, there you have it. Only a day after three teenagers made a viral video petitioning for the Cleveland Browns to consider Jim Tressel as their new head coach, a report went viral on Friday evening saying that Jim Tressel might actually be a candidate.

The Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot first tweeted this evening, citing Akron Zips broadcaster Joe Dunn of Fox Sports 1350, that Tressel will interview for the Browns coaching opening within the next few days.

About 25 minutes later, Cabot then tweeted that she was told Dunn’s report is false.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter also added, from a Browns official, that the report is “totally false.”

Ohio State Spring Football Preview with Coach Jim TresselThus far, the Browns interviewed Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. They’re set to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Boston on Saturday.

Tressel, 61, recently received another promotion as an administrator at the University of Akron. His new title is executive vice president with added responsibilities in the transition of retiring university president Luis Proenza. Tressel has been a rumored candidate for that position as well.

The NCAA gave Tressel a five-year show-cause penalty in December 2011. That mostly prohibits him from coaching in the college ranks, but there are no clear indications of necessarily over-bearing issues with being an NFL head coach.

Again, this is a strange, strange news story. Cabot’s contradicted a report she first tweeted within 25 minutes. AP’s Tom Withers had said that he’s heard similarly. But we’ll what else becomes of this shortly.

[Related: The Decomposition of Davone Bess]

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Johnathan Hankins will forego his senior season at Ohio State

Ohio State’s defensive line was used to delivering big hits all season long, but it will have to do so in 2013 without one of its biggest pieces.

Hard to fault the big guy who thanked both Urban Meyer and Jim Tressel, who recruited him. Hankins draft prospects could obviously fluctuate wildly between now and draft day, but ESPN’s Mel Kiper already has the junior in his top twenty pretty consistently. CBS even has a couple of mock drafts that have him going #19 to Dallas and #14 to New Orleans. So there’s that.

[Related: Buckeye Learnings]

While We’re Waiting… Browns-Steelers renew rivalry

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Lots of advantages for the Browns in this detailed scouting report, with this being a solid final point: “Given the Steelers’ solid defense, there’s no way I can project some sort of a blowout. Yards will be tough to come by for Cleveland, but Pittsburgh’s struggles should set the offense up with some situations where they can manage a couple of field goals and a touchdown or two down the stretch. Many quarterbacks can rally a team from behind, but Batch isn’t one of them.” [Chris Pokorny/Dawgs By Nature] [Read more...]

Ohio State’s defense clamps down to secure 26-21 victory over Michigan and 12-0 season

On a day the Ohio State Buckeyes honored the perfect national champions of 2002 and former players carried Jim Tressel on their shoulders in the end zone, the Buckeyes did it again.

For the sixth time in school history, AP No. 4 Ohio State (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) has finished a season undefeated, but the final game certainly wasn’t pretty. It took three second-half turnovers by the defense, and a heaping dose of junior Carlos Hyde on the last drive, but the Buckeyes held on for a gritty 26-21 victory over their archrivals AP No. 20 Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten).

The first half was sloppy, high-scoring and filled with big plays. The second half was again sloppy, yet dominated by defenses and missed opportunities by the Buckeyes. In the end, all that matters is a victory and a spotless 2012 for OSU.

Yet, somehow, the day started off with somber news: senior leader John Simon would not play because of an bursa injury in his right knee he suffered against Wisconsin. [Read more...]

Jim Tressel to Join WKYC as Special Contributor

Jim Tressel, beleaguered former OSU football coach and current University of Akron executive, will be coming soon to a TV near you. Here’s the latest from the PD’s Mark Dawidziak:

Former Ohio State University head coach Jim Tressel is joining the WKYC Channel 3 team as a special contributor. His weekly report, “A Moment With Jim Tressel,” will air each Wednesday during the Gannett-owned station’s 7 p.m. newscast.

Tressel is now 59 years old and is still on the NCAA show cause penalty for the tattoo-gate scandal that led to his firing at Ohio State. He is the Vice President for Strategic Enhancement at Akron, and makes about as many public appearances in the community as university President Luis Proenza.

According to the PD story, the new Tressel segment will be based of his best-selling books and motivational speeches.

In some way, shape or form, you’ve got to think Tressel will be making his way back to coaching eventually. Or maybe politics it seems, based on his continued popularity in the state.

[Related: Buckeyes Beat Spartans 17-16]

Penn State Receives NCAA Sanctions

Last night was a night of rumor and speculation around what would be handed down to Penn State today from the NCAA. No reason to wonder anymore.

Penn State has a 4-year bowl ban, a $60 million fine, and lost scholarships to deal with. To top it all off, all PSU wins since 1998 have been vacated giving Joe Paterno 298 career wins.

It is certainly a hefty punishment as the world discusses whether or not the NCAA had the the right to step in in this case.

The fact remains that with vacated wins, Ohio State is undefeated against Penn State since 1998. Vacating wins seems so silly, doesn’t it? Congratulations to Jim Tressel, I guess.

Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Contract Details Released

Rife with bowl game bonuses and an out clause, The Ohio State University released the contract details of head football coach Urban Meyer.

Per The Plain Dealer’s Doug Lesmerises, Meyer asked for and received a clause that would allow him to void his end of the deal — while still receiving $1.5 million per year — in the event that NCAA violations that occurred before his tenure begin to impact his reign over the program.

Meyer, who was hired by Ohio State on Nov. 28, 2011, and the money from the original, is presently working under a framework of a contract that pays him $4.44 million over six years, if he completes his entire contract. It includes more detailed language (compared to that of Jim Tressel, who resigned prior to the 2011 season) in regard to NCAA violations, and the head coach’s duties in understanding and reporting them. Meyer’s annual salary places him behind Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas’ Mack Brown in dollars per year.

As for the bonuses, Meyer will reportedly earn $50,000 for winning the Big Ten Leaders Division, a $100,000 bonus for winning the Big Ten Championship, a $150,000 bonus for going to a BCS bowl, and a $250,000 bonus for reaching the BCS National Championship. The bonuses have been adjusted for bowl-based sanctions that have been placed on the team for the upcoming year, allowing for pay-out in the event Ohio State is among the top-ranked teams at the end of the 2012 season.

[Related: Ohio State to Raise Tuition, Issue iPads to Student-Athletes]

While We’re Waiting… Tressel Anniversary, Irving’s Rookie Year, MLB Draft, Buckeye Champs

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One year ago on Memorial Day, everything changed for the Buckeyes. This column looks at the year of chaos in college football beginning with the Vest’s departure: “But few in Columbus, Ohio, ever will forget Memorial Day 2011, even if they’d like to. That morning, Jim Tressel resigned under pressure as Ohio State’s coach, nearly three months after admitting he had failed to provide information about Buckeyes players receiving improper benefits from a local tattoo parlor owner.

Five weeks earlier, in what turned out to be his final major public appearance as Buckeyes coach, Tressel, known for his trademark sweater vest, wore camouflage pants, desert boots and a camouflage hat during Ohio State’s spring game as a tribute to the military. Then, on a day dedicated to U.S. military members who made the ultimate sacrifice, Tressel, one of the nation’s most decorated coaches, stepped down from his post in disgrace.” [Adam Rittenberg/ESPN.com] [Read more...]

The Terrelle Pryor era in Ohio State: Was it all worth it?

Patrick Maks is back, this time with a take on a former Ohio State player who has recently been in the news due to lengthy profile in Sports Illustrated. Patrick asks, was it all worth it?

Before he’d ever taken a snap as a college quarterback, Terrelle Pryor received a standing ovation on a brilliantly sunny day against Youngstown State in Ohio State’s cakewalk of an opener in 2008. Months before that, Sports Illustrated called his college decision “the most anticipated signing day announcement in history.”

Talk about hype. A look at just the numbers suggests he lived up to the most of it.

Key word: most.

[Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Cord Phelps’ time, Loving some Kyrie and the Tribe’s window to win

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Five prospects with the most to prove this year- “Unfortunately for Phelps and Tribe fans, his brief, 35 game major league stint was a disaster. Phelps had terrible offensive stats (.155/.241/.254 slash line, .494 OPS (39 OPS+), .231 wOBA (39 wRC+), -0.9 fWAR in 80 PA) and struggled defensively (five errors in only 75 chances). Phelps ended up back in AAA while Kipnis solidified his hold on the second base job later in the season.

While Phelps won’t be able to prove himself at the major league level this year, he will need to impress as the everyday second baseman in Columbus in order to rebuild his stock. If he keeps producing at a high level in AAA, he’ll get another shot in the majors. With the lack of middle-infield talent the Indians have in the higher levels of the minors, one injury will give Phelps his chance to prove himself again. He’ll need to work hard this year to be prepared for that moment, whenever it comes.” [Paiscik/Indians Prospect Insider] [Read more...]

Report: Jim Tressel to Take Job With the University of Akron

WEWS Sports Director and mid-day radio host Andy Baskin is reporting tonight that Jim Tressel will be accepting an administrative position with the University of Akron. Adam Schefter tweeted on Sunday that Tressel was considering taking an administrative job at a university. Mark Bishop and Kenny Roda also tweet that a 10am press conference will be held tomorrow in Akron to announce the hire. Stay tuned.

 

Jim Tressel In Mix As Candidate For Indianapolis Colts Head Coaching Job

According to WishTV8.com, two more names have surfaced as candidates to be Colts next Head Coach. One of those names belongs to a sweater vest wearing former coach of The Ohio State University:

“Sources tell 24-hour News 8′s Chris Widlic that game day consultant and former Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel is in the mix.

Meanwhile, the NFL Network is reporting that the Colts also want to talk to former Vikings’ head man Brad Childress. He and general manager Ryan Grigson have ties from their days in Philadelphia.

Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray had his formal interview with the team about the vacancy. The 49-year old has spent the last 15 years with a handful of teams after a successful NFL playing career. Other candidates include Saints offensive guru Pete Carmichael and Bengals defensive coach Mike Zimmer.”

Source: WishTV8.com

NFL Rumor: Jim Tressel to Interview for Indianapolis Colts’ Coaching Vacancy

With Jim Caldwell being relieved of his head coaching duties, the Indianapolis Colts are reportedly going to be interviewing former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel as a potential replacement.

As a collegiate head coach, Tressel, 59, has a record of 229-79-2, winning the NCAA Division I national championship in 2002 in addition to five other Big Ten conference titles. His most recent season, however, is clad with a “V” for vacated following the tattoo-related incident that ultimately cost the two-time Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year his position with The Ohio State University.

Tressel, notorious for his “pro style” offense during his tenure with the Buckeyes and ability to gain respect from [the vast majority] of his players, will join a laundry list of potential interviewees including Philadelphia’s Marty Mornhinweg, San Francisco’s Greg Roman and former Minnesota head coach – and current potential Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator - Brad Childress.

Tressel is currently a gameday consultant for the Colts upon being hired in September 2011. 

(Source: Footballscoop.com)

While We’re Waiting… More on Delonte’s Troubles, Jason Kipnis the Outfielder and Harangody’s Value?

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More on Delonte West, this time some insight into his condition- “That’s why this most recent episode is so hard to swallow. The messages about West sleeping in the car or in the gym seem to indicate a relapse in his fight with depression. It’s frustrating and hurtful to see because his situation, while unfortunate, is treatable. The obvious rejoinder to West, a multi-million dollar athlete, is “why doesn’t he get a hotel room” or “why doesn’t he rent a house?” Those questions, while relevant, are too easy, and don’t come close to the source of the problem. The correct question is: “why hasn’t he asked for help?”Help. It’s a simple, small word. It’s not hard to say, but to anyone with bipolar, it is damned near impossible to ask for.” [White/HoopSpeak] ALSO CHECK OUT: A Teachable Moment [IGoHardNow] [Read more...]

WFNY Top 10 Cleveland Stories of 2011: #2 Ohio State Hires Urban Meyer

As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last three years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the 10 biggest sports stories affecting our local sports scene. Each day through the rest of the year, we will be counting down from ten to one. We started with #10 – The Colt Concussion, next was #9 -Key Cavalier Wins. We broke down the Baron Davis Trade and talked some Tribe at #7. Kirk was on the Pat Shurmur hire for #6. We stuck with that Browns theme and discussed the big draft day deal involving Julio Jones and Phil Taylor (#5). We went back to the Red, White, and Blue with #4, the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. Yesterday TD touched on the Cavaliers winning the draft lottery and picking Kyrie Irving at #3. Today, it’s time to talk about the moment Ohio State was saved from falling off the cliff.

#2: The Ohio State University Hires Urban Meyer as Head Football Coach [Read more...]

Ohio State Recieves Bowl Ban: Avoids ‘Death Penalty’

Those who have read my opinion on the incidents surrounding the Buckeye football team the last 12 months should not be surprised by what I am going to say in response to the NCAA’s penalties against Ohio State. My opinion on the matter hasn’t changed since last December.

The Buckeyes and their fans should be thankful that the penalties were not steeper.

Let me reiterate what I’ve said before- I have not studied every instance of NCAA sanctions looking for precedent. I have neither the time nor interest in doing so to be honest. And no matter what Gene Smith and the university say publicly, the fact that they are not appealing the ruling should tell you all you need to know about their feelings.

So the team will have a bowl ban in 2012. Is it unfortunate that the investigation wasn’t completed in time for the bowl ban to take place this year? Sure, but is it not possible that the committee took that into consideration when deciding on a one year ban? It would have been just as easy in early November to say 2 year ban.

I understand the frustrations of the fans and players alike. Those that were responsible for the infractions will play in 4 bowls, while incoming freshman will be eligible for only 3. Seniors next year will get no end of season trip. But when the NCAA gives out these penalties, they are doing so to the institution, not the players. The penalty is supposed to cost the university something. It is supposed to make them tighten the reigns and pay more attention to the players.

Why I think they were lucky- [Read more...]

NCAA Completes Ohio State Investigation, OSU Imposes More Sanctions

When The Ohio State University went through the scandal with former coach Jim Tressel, the hope of the University and its athletic department was that firing Jim Tressel and self-imposing probation plus forfeiting the last season would be enough.

For a while, it looked like that might be the case when the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions delivered OSU a positive letter in response to their investigation into the Notice of Allegations.

All of that changed when the news of the Bobby DiGeronimo booster scandal rocked the program. The NCAA essentially slammed the brakes on their investigation and delivered OSU a supplemental Notice of Allegations. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Fujita Says Colt’s a Young Drew Brees, and DET Eliminates NY

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Scott Fujita calls Colt McCoy a young Drew Brees on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland:  ”I think last season when Colt McCoy first got the nod as the starter and it wasn’t so much the play at that point it was just watching the way he commanded the huddle and the way he commanded the respect of the guys in the lockerroom and the way he was such a natural leader.

That was the thing that struck me the most being similar to Drew Brees. Drew is one of my best friends down there and played against his former team when he was with San Diego and I was with Kansas City. I got to know him really, really well over the years and Colt McCoy just reminded me of a young version of Drew Brees.

Obviously he is going to keep growing as a player and keep getting better and better, but in terms of those intangible leadership qualities? Colt has got that.”  [Sports Radio Interviews/ Steve Cuce] [Read more...]