CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two 49ers assistants, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, will interview Saturday to become the Minnesota Vikings' next coach, according to multiple reports.

Both interviews will take place in Charlotte, where the 49ers arrived Friday in advance of their divisional playoff game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Roman's interview with the Vikings was first reported by ESPN, and Tomsula's by Fox Sports.

The Vikings have routinely hired first-time head coaches, as would be the case with Roman or Tomsula, at least on the NFL level. Since 2001, the Vikings have been coached by Mike Tice (2001-05), Brad Childress (2006-10) and Leslie Frazier (2010-13).

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman already has interviewed at least five coordinators: Mike Zimmer (Bengals, defense), Todd Bowles (Cardinals, defense), Darrell Bevell (Seahawks, offense), Dan Quinn (Seahawks, defense) and Ray Horton (Browns, defense).

Roman, 41, on Wednesday did not confirm nor deny an ESPN report that he interviewed Monday in Chicago for the Penn State post. He's been an offensive coordinator under Jim Harbaugh since 2009 at Stanford.

Tomsula, 45, joined the 49ers in 2007 as their defensive line coach. He won the 2010 regular-season finale while serving as the interim coach after Mike Singletary's firing. Tomsula as the Rhein Fire's coach in 2006 in the now-defunct NFL Europe.


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