Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Caldwell mum on staff, mentions Tressel
By Michael Rothstein
DETROIT -- Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said he would do something almost sacrilegious when it comes to someone who graduated from Michigan.
If it meant the Lions would win, he would tattoo a "buckeye" on his forehead. As in an Ohio State Buckeye. The questions, of course, came in response to whether he would be fine with former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel on a potential Lions staff.
"If it helps us win, I will tattoo a Buckeye on my forehead," Lewand said.
New Lions coach Jim Caldwell had no staff announcements Wednesday afternoon during his introductory press conference and declined to speak about specific potential hires when meeting with the media afterward as well.
But Tressel's name has been linked to Caldwell since he became a plausible candidate for the Detroit job, especially since the two worked together during his time in Indianapolis when he was a replay-review consultant during Caldwell's final year with the team.
He didn't rule out hiring Tressel but didn't make it sound likely, either. Tressel is working as an executive vice president for student success at his alma mater, Akron.
"I'm not going to talk about staff, but I did say I think Tressel's perfectly happy doing what he's doing right now," Caldwell said. "Even though he worked with us in Indy, good friend as well, but I do think he's really pleased with where he is at this stage."
While Caldwell wouldn't discuss names of candidates or coordinators, Baltimore defensive backs coach Teryl Austin has been mentioned as a possible defensive coordinator and Rutgers offensive coordinator Ron Prince has been mentioned as an offensive assistant.
Lewand said Caldwell will meet with Detroit's current staff Thursday to discuss their futures. The goal is to have as many assistants in place as possible before next week's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
"It's an ongoing process right now," Caldwell said. "At this particular point in time, we're working and some things will start to take shape here shortly."