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January 8, 2014
Harbaugh insists assistants -- whether they're staying or not -- are focused on Panthers

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For the first time since joining the 49ers, Jim Harbaugh will have significant defections on his coaching staff. But he insisted today they won't be a distraction. "I know our people," Harbaugh said at his weekly press conference. "Their focus is right here on this game."

The latest to go appears to be senior offensive assistant Paul Wulff, who reportedly was hired by South Florida to be their offensive coordinator. Harbaugh would neither confirm nor deny that Wulff, formerly the head coach at Washington State, was leaving the team.

"I'll let other people comment on their job status and let other programs go through their process without interfering," he said.

The 49ers also will lose assistant offensive line coach Tim Drevno at the end of the season. USC last month hired Drevno, who has coached under Harbaugh since 2004, to be its offensive line coach.

The big loss could come at one or perhaps both of the coordinator positions. ESPN's Adam Schefter today reported that offensive coordinator Greg Roman interviewed with Penn State officials Monday in Chicago for the school's head-coaching job. The 49ers flew back from Appleton, Wi. on Sunday night and began preparing for the Panthers on Monday. Roman also interviewed for the Penn State opening in 2012, but the job went to then-Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.

"There's only one job I'm concerned about, and that is this one," Roman said as he was walking off the practice field today.

Harbaugh said on Monday that he has received interview requests for Roman, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW 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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