We noted on Thursday that the Colts were considering keeping Jim Tressel on their coaching staff, but that reports suggested the former Ohio State coach would have a role other than head coach in Indianapolis.
But conflicting reports emerged on Friday, with multiple Indianapolis media outlets saying Tressel was, in fact, being considered for the vacant Colts head coaching position.
In fact, Channel 10 in Columbus reports that Tressel has already had two interviews for the head coaching position with the Colts owner Jim Irsay. Channel 8 in Indianapolis also reported that Tressel is in the mix. And the Indianapolis Star says multiple sources think Tressel is being considered.
Tressel was a highly successful head coach at Ohio State before being forced out for breaking NCAA rules, and he was a highly successful head coach at Youngstown State before that. But other than spending several months as a Colts consultant in 2011, he has no NFL experience at all. It would be a shock to see him as an NFL head coach less than a year after leaving Ohio State, but this feels like an offseason in Indianapolis that will be full of surprises.