Apparently Phil Richards and Laura Callaway share the same obsession: Jim Irsay's plane. Today Irsay's plane made a few trips south and Richards thinks he knows why:
Owner Jim Irsay's plane flew Friday morning to Sarasota, Fla., where Tressel owns a home, and returned to Indianapolis later in the day. Multiple sources have said they expect the former Ohio State University coach to be interviewed for the Colts vacant head coaching position, but that could not be confirmed.
Colts fans will likely be lukewarm at best to the idea of Tressel coaching the team.
I'm well aware of the OSU troubles with Tressel and the players, but I don't get the intensity of hate against him by some over this. The college system is broken in the first place, and it needs to make changes from financial allowances to playoff system. It doesn't mean it is right to break the rules, but Tressel's offense in this seems well overblown by some.
Doubt his coaching style if you'd like, but I don't get the other stuff.
Anyway, I'd be just as excited to have him as head coach as any other name on the list.
I wrote up a post about how I wouldn't be unhappy and would be ok with this hire. Then I checked his age and he's 60, according to Wikipedia.
I don't want to be "ageist" but that seems a little old to start your first head coaching job. He's healthy by all appearances, so maybe I shouldn't be concerned, but it makes me wonder if he won't be ready to retire in about 5 years' time. And it makes no sense to hire a guy you're not gonna be able to say will stay at least 10 years when he first starts.
Even so, I think I'd be fine with it. I'm not enamored with any of the other guys who've been rumored and Jim's already got a relationship with the Colts. If he keeps his hands off the offense, I think it's a good hire, but I would expect the same conservative nature as Caldwell with punts from the 40 on 4th and short.