In November 2007, Jim Tressel and Lloyd Carr stood on opposite sidelines at Michigan Stadium, coaching Ohio State and Michigan in The Game.
Feels like a long time ago, doesn't it?
Both Tressel and Carr are out of coaching -- at least for now -- and they shared a sideline Tuesday at Cleveland Browns training camp in Berea, Ohio. The two former rivals were guests of the Browns and spent time with coach Pat Shurmur, president Mike Holmgren and others.
Tressel, who resigned May 30 from Ohio State, told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer's Bill Livingston that he hopes to coach again someday. It will be interesting to see how seriously he considers a jump to the NFL. His name has come up before, for the Browns job in particular, but until recently he had no serious incentive to make a move. Tressel's coaching future in the college ranks could depend on what type of penalties he receives from the NCAA's infractions committee, who he appeared before Friday.
Regardless of how things ended in Columbus, Tressel will be in demand if and when he chooses to return to coaching.
Carr told the Associated Press of Tressel's situation: "From a personal standpoint, it's a tragedy. Jim will rebound."