Jimmy Haslam denies Browns' interest in former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer

Team looking for NFL coaching experience according to Browns owner

Daryl Ruiter
January 02, 2020 - 2:46 pm

BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam put on his poker face when asked about the team’s reported interest in former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer Thursday afternoon.

Haslam denied the team is interested in hiring Meyer.

“Right now, we're just focusing on people with NFL coaching experience,” Haslam said.

When pressed about reports, including from The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman, Haslam dismissed the follow-up question.

“I think it is pretty clear what I said,” Haslam said.

A source confirmed the team’s interest in Meyer to 92.3 The Fan’s Dustin Fox earlier this week.

Meyer has won three college football championships – two at Florida and one at Ohio State – while compiling an .854 winning percentage over 17 seasons combined at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State.

The Browns began their fifth coaching search Thursday under the Haslams by interviewing former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.

As of now, there are a total of seven candidates for the job.

Haslam and the Browns plan to hire Freddie Kitchens’ replacement before John Dorsey’s.