Notebook: Agent: 49ers coach is a finalist

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DALLAS -- San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman is the latest name to surface as a possible successor to former Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

Agent Mike Roman told The Associated Press Monday that his client is a finalist for the job.

Harrison said Roman interviewed for the position in November and is on a "short list" to replace Paterno, who was fired Nov. 9 amid a child sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Harrison told AP he expects to know in about a week whether Roman will be hired.

Roman is in his first year with the 49ers after being named the team's offensive coordinator nearly a year ago, joining the 49ers from Stanford along with coach Jim Harbaugh.

A native of Ventnor, N.J., he is in his 14th season of coaching in the NFL. He previously worked for the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001), Houston Texans (2002-03) and Baltimore Ravens (2006-07).

Roman was offered the Tulane job in December, but declined and the school hired Curtis Johnson.

"Well, obviously we're going to have a new football coach next year here for sure, whoever that may be," Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley said Monday after Penn State lost, 30-14, to Houston in the TicketCity Bowl.

Bradley, in all likelihood, walked off the field for the final time following his 451st game as a Penn State player and coach.

"I didn't say it wasn't going to be me," he said. "Can't give you guys all the secrets. I don't know who it's going to be. ... I told you I'm going to work till the very end until they tell me I'm no longer needed.

"That's what Penn State is paying me to do and what is in my heart that I am going to do because I love this university and I love the people."

JayPa gets emotional

Quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno shed a few tears after the game when asked how hard the past two months have been on him since his father was fired.

"It wasn't easy," he said. "It wasn't easy going on the practice field without him. It wasn't easy coming to game day without him, because you think about him.

"You think about somebody that's been a big part of your life and had a big impact on your life, and will continue to, but in a different role.

"But, you know, I always came to work on game day, and walked into the stadium knowing we always had an ace up our sleeve in Joe, and all the experience he had."

Quick hits

When asked about his future, quarterback Rob Bolden said: "Right now I'm definitely certain that I'll be back. I have no clue who my coach is going to be, so it's kind of tough." ... Penn State was outgained, 600-306, by Houston. ... Wide receiver Justin Brown's 69-yard reception was a career long. ... With 53 rushing yards, tailback Silas Redd moved into 10th place on the single-season rushing list with 1,241 yards. ... Wide receiver Derek Moye, from Rochester High School, was held without a catch. ... Free safety Nick Sukay, from Greensburg Central Catholic, had seven tackles and one pass breakup.


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