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Report: Penn State to interview 49ers' Roman

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San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman is scheduled to interview with Penn State for its vacant head-coaching position, reported Wednesday.

The report did not indicate when Roman would meet with Penn State representatives about the job. The university wants to conclude its search soon, but Roman is preparing with the 49ers this week for an NFC divisional game against the Carolina Panthers.

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has been prominently mentioned as the leading candidate to replace Bill O'Brien, who left Penn State after two seasons to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.

Roman has just two years of college experience while serving as an offensive coordinator at Stanford under Jim Harbaugh, who left the Cardinal for the 49ers and brought Roman with him.

Penn State appears to have some competition for Franklin. He is possibly a candidate for the head-coaching jobs with the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns in the NFL.

Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams said he expected to retain Franklin but acknowledged in an interview with The Tennessean on Wednesday morning that he met with Franklin on Tuesday night.

"I can't shed any light on that," Williams told The Tennesseean. "I can only tell you that I met with James last night. I'm not going to get into details of the discussion.

"James came in yesterday from working with ESPN on the BCS Championship game and I met with him last night. 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."
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