The Browns will not interview Ohio native Bob Stoops, a source told The Associated Press on Monday.
After the Oklahoma coach led his Sooners to an upset win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Stoops said he had the "inside track" for the Browns' job. But the source said the team is not pursuing him and the rumors are false.
Stoops said "you never know" when asked about the possibility of coaching in the NFL, which fueled speculation.
The Browns have interviewed several candidates, including Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and they've asked to speak with Adam Gase, the Broncos' offensive coordinator.
Cleveland, which is searching for its seventh coach since 1999, is reportedly also interested in speaking with Auburn's Gus Malzahn and Vanderbilt's James Franklin. SI WIRE: Redskins ask permission to speak with Bengals coordinators Mike Zimmer, Jay Gruden