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January 9, 2014
Coaching openings close on Roman, Fangio

Coaching opportunities spring up out of nowhere but vanish just as quickly.

On Wednesday, for example, Greg Roman was a head-coaching candidate in Washington and at Penn State, with whom he had interviewed on Monday. By this morning, the Redskins had hired Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as its next head coach while Penn State was zeroing in on Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, according to multiple reports.

That takes Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio out of the running for the Washington gig and Roman out of the running at Penn State, which he once called a "lifetime job."

Of course, more possibilities are likely to spring up. The Vikings presumably still are interested in Roman and, according to Sirius XM's Adam Caplan, Minnesota also has requested an interview with defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. It's unknown if interviews have been scheduled. The initial interview would have to happen before Sunday, and it would either occur in the Bay Area or in Charlotte, N.C.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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