The Browns have interviewed - or will interview - so many prospects on their list to hire a new coach that it wasn't until this morning that an office janitor in Berea happened to see a calendar scheduling an interview next week with a coach they just fired - Rod Chudzinski.
When reporters asked Team CEO Joe Banner about the odd entry on the calendar, he said there may have been some things "on the upside" about Chud that have since turned up after he left. "If nothing else," Banner explained, "it's entirely possible that Chud has now had plenty of experience to be the perfect transitional coach for 2014 until we find someone else for 2015."
Meantime, the great media mentioning game has now turned to Jim Tressel, who needs no introduction at this point in his career. He's widely mentioned now in the media's Department of Contagious Speculation as a candidate for the Browns, which have earnestly - if clumsily - tried to rebuild sand castles at high tide. But he's been teasingly coy about his next move, whether as University of Akron President or Browns coach.
In fairness to Chud, as well as the team's choice for 2015, it would be charitable if
Tressel announced something soon enough to cancel further interviews with Chud,who is out of work with no unemployment insurance. .
P.S. You heard it here first: neither Sam Rutigliano nor Knute Rockne has come up in any of the conversations.