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Stanford assistant to interview for Pitt gig

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A month after reportedly being a finalist for the Vanderbilt vacancy, Stanford assistant Greg Roman is apparently in the running for yet another head-coaching job.

According to both Tom Dienhart of and Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roman is now a candidate for the Pittsburgh job.  Both report that Roman will interview for the job Sunday.

Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, Alabama associate head coach Sal Sunseri, Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and Tulsa head coach Todd Graham have all reportedly interviewed or will interview for the vacancy.  Bradley has indeed interviewed, and was the subject of what turned out to be a false rumor that he had been offered the job Wednesday.

Dienhart also reports that Chryst is also no longer in the running for the job.  Chryst reportedly has an offer on the table to become the coordinator at Texas, and is also said to be a target of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who had the interim title stripped away Thursday.

The fact that the Longhorns flew in Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin yesterday could indicate that the NFL job is most definitely in play for Chryst.  Or that he’s staying with the Badgers.  One of the two.

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3 Responses to “Stanford assistant to interview for Pitt gig”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Jan 7, 2011 8:39 AM

    Supposedly Mack Brown gave Chryst until noon yesterday to decide, and Chryst responded that he needed to interview for the Pittsburgh position.

    *If* this is true, I don’t necessarily agree with giving the guy an ultimatum. Texas has shown the willingness to pay a coordinator approximately the same amount Wannstedt earned last year ($1.01M) or more, and it would set up Chryst for better things than the thankless Pitt job probably would, but one shouldn’t threaten to take an offer for an OC position off the table just because he wants a chance to interview for a HC position. We’re talking a day’s difference here.

  2. edgy says: Jan 7, 2011 2:00 PM

    burntorangehorn says


    I disagree. I believe that Brown has the right and the obligation to get a guy NOW that has his head in the job from the first day and isn’t thinking about leaving and not his job. Look at what happened to Florida last year: they lost their DC, they hired a DC and then he bolted for the NFL and they had to scramble to get a DC and they got started late with their plan. What happens if they hire Chryst and then Pitt comes calling and then he bolts. Brown would have to scramble to find his 5th or 6th choice because anything between 1 and 4 would have probably solidified their positions at their schools and he may even before forced into doing something that he clearly doesn’t want to do and that’s promote Applewhite to OC.

  3. edgy says: Jan 7, 2011 4:02 PM

    Now that Harbaugh is no longer an option, does Roman get the call for the Cardinal?

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