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January 8, 2014

Coaching Roundup: Roman a candidate

Another day, another flurry of reports regarding Penn State football's next head coach.

As CBS Sports' college football writer Jerry Hinnen wrote Tuesday afternoon, San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman has already interviewed with Penn State for its vacancy, citing a Tweet from colleague Bruce Feldman.

This, of course, coming just an hour or so after fellow CBS reporter Jason La Canfora Tweeted on Wednesday morning that Penn State had yet to interview Roman.

Roman, a candidate for Penn State's opening two years ago following the ousting of Joe Paterno and interim head coach Tom Bradley, has been a sidekick of San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh dating back to the pair's days at Stanford in 2009 and 2010. Previous stops in Roman's career also include the Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens in the NFL from 1995 through 2007 before eventually taking the job with the Cardinal in 2009.

Additionally, Roman is, of course, the guy who summed up the open Penn State position two years ago as "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 in the CSNBayArea.com report. "And a job like Penn State is a lifetime job. That's a job if I were to become the head coach there, I'd 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."

All of this news on Roman comes one day after news surrounding Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin reached a fever pitch.

Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams affirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Franklin was expected to remain in Nashville.

"I expect James to be our football coach. I'm planning on it," Williams said in a CBS sports report. "We're looking at facilities. We're working on some stuff. I have all thoughts that he's going to be our football coach. I'll do everything I can to make sure that he is."

Meanwhile, media outlets have yet to report on interim head coach Larry Johnson's interview with Penn State.

Blue White Illustrated will continue to monitor this story as it develops.

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