Penn State set to hire O'Brien over 49ers' Roman

January 6, 2012, 4:32 am
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Offensive coordinator Greg Roman will not be leaving the 49ers for the head-coaching job at Penn State.Comcast SportsNet New England confirmed an ESPN report Thursday night that Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien will be named Penn State head coach. O'Brien takes over the program that was rocked by an alleged child-sex abuse scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky that led to the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno.
Roman, 39, in his first season with the 49ers, interviewed for the opening and was a finalist for the Penn State job, according to his agent.Roman has interviewed for five head-coaching jobs in the past year. Last month, Roman turned down an offer to coach Tulane, his agent said. He has previously interviewed for head-coaching jobs last year at Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh and Stanford.Roman serviced two years at Stanford as an assistant under Jim Harbaugh. After David Shaw was hired to replace Harbaugh, Roman followed Harbaugh to the 49ers.

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