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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Ohio State's Tressel squashes Browns rumors

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

It's inevitable that when the Cleveland Browns have a head-coaching vacancy, Jim Tressel's name will come up. But the Ohio State head coach wasted no time in removing himself from consideration

Ohio State gave Tressel a well-deserved raise before the season, and he's under contract through 2012. 

"[Tressel] was terse in his responding text message as he otherwise is preparing his Buckeyes for their Jan. 5 Fiesta Bowl vs. Texas. He had been asked whether he had any interest whatsoever in the Browns' job.

'No!!' he texted back."

It's nice to see Tressel has mastered the punctuation-filled art of texting. 

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz could be a more realistic candidate for the Browns' opening. Should the Browns hire New England Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli as their new general manager, Pioli's top head-coaching choice reportedly will be Ferentz, who is finishing his 10th year at Iowa. 

Ferentz told reporters in Tampa that he has not been contacted about the Browns job and doesn't expect to be. 

"I've made a habit of not commenting on that," Ferentz said after practice at the University of Tampa. "I've got a great job. I'm happy to have a great job, I'm appreciative of having a great job, and I've been at Iowa 10 years. Not much else to say on that topic."