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January 8, 2014
Report: Roman to interview with Penn State, which he called "lifetime job" two years ago


Greg Roman, who was a finalist to succeed Joe Paterno as Penn State's head coach in 2012, will get another crack at the job, according to a report by CBS Sports. The school has an interview set with the 49ers' offensive coordinator, presumably after the 49ers play the Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. on Sunday. ****UPDATE*** Another CBS reporter, Bruce Feldman, reports that the meeting with Penn State already has occurred.

Two years ago, Roman, a native of Ventnor, N.J., called coaching at Penn State a "lifetime job."

"I've coached in college at Stanford and in the pros for 14 years in the NFL, so it's more about the individual opportunity, the people you're surrounding yourself with," Roman said at the time. "And a job like Penn State is a lifetime job. That's a job if I were to become the head coach there, I wouldn't leave there. I'd be back East, setting up camp, I'd be at the (Jersey) Shore in the summer. And that would be my routine."

Jim Harbaugh this week confirmed that Roman also has drawn interest in NFL circles, reportedly from the Vikings and Redskins. Washington also is interested in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and it's possible the Redskins could send a contingent to Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday to meet with both men.

In 2012 the Penn State job went to then-New England offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who was recently named the Texans' head coach. When news that Roman was in the running for the job broke two years ago, the 49ers were preparing to face either the Saints, Falcons or Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs. Roman had interviewed for the position in November of that season.

The 49ers ended up scoring 36 points and gaining 406 yards of offense in a win over the Saints the following week.

Penn State also is reportedly considering Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, Miami coach Al Golden, former Titans coack Mike Munchak and Penn State defensive line coach/interim head coach Larry Johnson for the position.

-- 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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