Are Browns interested in Tech's Ross?

January 04, 1991|By John Steadman

PUT BOBBY Ross front and center in the early speculation to become the next coach of the Cleveland Browns. The Browns say they won't fill the position until next month, but members of the organization are voicing a preference for Ross and are expected to soon inquire about his interest.

If it's positive and he is willing to leave Georgia Tech,then the Browns will pursue him as their next coach. Yesterday, the Browns created the expected vacancy when they moved interim coach Jim Shofner, who took over in midseason for the deposed Bud Carson, to director of player personnel.

The Browns concluded the year with a 3-13 record, their worst in history, going back to their original season of 1946. Owner Art Modell said Shofner will join the personnel staff headed by Ernie Accorsi, vice president of football operations, and Mike Lombardi, director of pro personnel.

Ross was an assistant coach with the Kansas City Chiefs before going to Maryland as its coach. He left to become offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills but when the Georgia Tech job was offered he asked to be released from the earlier obligation. The Bills agreed and Ross went on to improve Tech to a position of a national contender and, ultimately, to being voted the No. 1 team by United Press International.

Ross also figures to earn Coach of the Year honors, which will add to his stature and make him even that much more attractive to the Browns if they follow through with early inclinations to pursue his services.

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