Former Big Ten rivals Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr were both present at the Browns’ practice on Tuesday, along with former Green Bay Packers GM Ron Wolf, though that is decidedly less exciting for Browns fans to hear. Cavaliers GM Chris Grant and assistant coach Paul Pressey were also a part of the cavalcade of guests that strolled through Berea.
Naturally, the focus was entirely on Tressel, as rumors swirled about why he was there. Some believed it was due to the Browns’ interest in Tressel’s former quarterback at Ohio State, Terrelle Pryor. Others wondered if Tressel would be taking a consulting job with the team.
The former Ohio State head coach put the idea of becoming a consultant to rest, saying “…Oh no, not right now. I’m a fan. I’ve always been a fan.”
Tressel also discussed his coaching future, indicating that he would like to return to the coaching ranks at some point, but he is unsure at which level.
As you may know, Tressel comes from the nearby city of Mentor and his father, Lee, was the head football coach at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, the same city where Browns training camp is held. Baldwin-Wallace is where Jim Tressel graduated from college before becoming a graduate assistant at the University of Akron, and then a coach at Miami of Ohio, Youngstown State University and, of course, Ohio State. Needless to say, Tressel knows the state of Ohio pretty well.