Stanford could have its man by the end of the week, according to Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.
After the Cardinal were turned down by Boise State coach Chris Petersen, attention turned to three internal candidates: associate head coach Greg Roman, offensive coordinator David Shaw and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Roman and Fangio also are talking to former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh about coordinator jobs with the 49ers.
That suggests that if Stanford goes with Shaw -- a popular choice in the locker room -- Roman and Fangio could follow Harbaugh. One of the chief hopes after Harbaugh bolted was to maintain as much staff continuity as possible from this season to next; obviously, the team culture in 2010 worked well.
As we all know with college football contracts, there is no "lifetime" deal. There also is no confirmation that Riley has chatted with Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby.
Perhaps there's another wild-card prospect out there -- Brady Hoke leaving San Diego State for Michigan eliminated one possibility -- but with a big recruiting weekend ahead, it seems like Bowlsby wants to make his move ASAP.