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Stanford may stay in-house for Harbaugh replacement

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Shortly after it was officially announced that Jim Harbaugh was leaving Stanford for the San Francisco 49ers, we reported that there was a very real chance that the school could look to replace Harbaugh with one of his assistants.

According to one report, that’s where the Cardinal will indeed start.  And it may very well be where they end up when all of the coaching search dust settles.

ESPN‘s Ivan Maisel is reporting that athletic director Bob Bowlsby will first look to interview assistant head coach Greg Roman, offensive coordinator David Shaw and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio for the vacancy.

Bowlsby would like the continuity an internal candidate would bring, the source said, and will interview them as soon as possible but may also speak with candidates outside of the program.

Bowlsby’s strategy may stem in part from quarterback Andrew Luck’s decision to return to school.

Two of those in-house candidates, though, could be out of the mix.

Roman will interview Sunday for Pittsburgh job and, after reportedly being one of two finalists for Vanderbilt’s opening, is seen as a very viable candidate for the Panthers.  Additionally, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier today that Fangio may head to San Francisco for a reunion with Harbaugh and a job as the 49ers coordinator.

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2 Responses to “Stanford may stay in-house for Harbaugh replacement”
  1. edgy says: Jan 8, 2011 4:29 PM

    The best case scenario is that they can keep all three but that’s probably not going to happen. This would be a good thing for the school because a lot of recruits are familiar with the staff. Harbaugh’s done a good job but don’t be fooled, Stanford has done a pretty good job of getting 4 and even 5 star recruits lately and what they really need is stability at the top spot. This could end up being the best hire like Boise State when they stayed in-house after Hawkins left for Colorado.

  2. edgy says: Jan 8, 2011 8:41 PM

    Rumor has it that Stanford may make a play for Petersen, the Boise State head coach.

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