Jim Tressel, Brad Childress Among Candidates For Colts' Head Coaching Job

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Saturday January 21st, 2012

The Indianapolis Colts are already underway in their efforts to replace head coach Jim Caldwell, whom they fired Tuesday. Jerry Gray, Mike Zimmer and Pete Carmichael Jr. are among the names already being discussed. But now two big-name head coaches have emerged as serious candidates for the opening: Jim Tressel and Brad Childress.

Tressel, 59, resigned in May as the head coach at Ohio State and worked this season as a Colts consultant. According to Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star, owner Jim Irsay flew to Sarasota, Fla., today to speak with Tressel, and multiple sources expect him to be interviewed for the head coaching position.

Childress, 55, who coached the Minnesota Vikings for four-plus seasons before his firing in 2010, may also be on the Colts' radar. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that the Colts want to talk with Childress, who also interviewed recently for the vacant position in Tampa Bay.

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