The 44-year-old Kitchens has no previous head coaching experience, but his work with Cleveland's offense — and quarterback Baker Mayfield — in the season's second half vaulted him ahead of the other six candidates interviewed by the Browns.
James, who left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2018 offseason, said the Cavaliers' comeback to win the 2016 NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors propelled him to the top of the list.
The All-MAC wide receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner said it's been an "honor and a privilege to play for such an incredible program, and it will be an experience I will continue to cherish forever."
Since making the decision to play for South Carolina University next year, Zia Cooke has been getting looks from Sports Illustrated, SportsCenter and celebrities such as Dwayne Wade and Chance the Rapper.
In honor of Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg inspiring a generation with the misadventures of a misfit band of characters under the sea, fans of the series have launched a petition to convince the NFL to organize a performance of one of the series' most recognizable songs.