Add one more candidates to the list of those who reportedly are seeking Penn State’s vacant head coaching position.
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, a native of Ventnor, N.J., and a Holy Spirit High School graduate, interviewed Wednesday with the university’s search committee at an “off-site” location, CBSSports.com said. Roman was a candidate in late 2011-early 2012 for the job that eventually went to Bill O’Brien.
Roman, 41, is finishing up his third season as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator under head coach Jim Harbaugh. He worked the previous two years for Harbaugh in the same capacity.
Meanwhile, there was no update on the status of Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, who had been called the “clear frontrunner” for the job by CBSSports.com.
According to the Tennessean, athletics director David Williams said he and Franklin spoke again on Tuesday night but he declined to report on comments that the two are in talks about a new or revised contract to keep him with the Commodores.
“I can’t shed any light on that,” Williams told the newspaper. “I can only tell you that I met with James (Tuesday) night. I’m not going to get into details of the discussion.
“I met with my football coach. I’m not going to get into details of the substance. I’ve probably already said more than I should.”
Franklin was believed to have interviewed for the Penn State job on Sunday. While the Washington Redskins reportedly have received permission to meet with Franklin, that interview appears to be on hold because of his interest in Penn State.
Penn State interim head coach Larry Johnson, who has been the defensive line coach of the Nittany Lions for the past 14 seasons, isnterviewed some time Tuesday, according to numerous reports. Johnson also was a candidate the last time the university sought a head coach.
In player news, 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle Chasz Wright of Woodbridge, Va., signed a letter of intent with the Nittany Lions and will enroll next week for the spring semester. Wright spent the past season at Milford (N.Y.) Academy.