The Peninsula Times Tribune reported in its editions yesterday that Walsh, who has been a television analyst for NBC for two years, confirmed that he discussed the position with Leland during a meeting Monday.
"All I can say is that I've talked with Ted Leland about the job, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm a candidate," Walsh said. "I've helped them in the past, looking at other candidates."
Before Leland's meeting with Walsh, Stanford assistant coaches Willie Shaw and Ron Turner reportedly were the leading candidates to replace Dennis Green, who resigned last week to become the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.
Walsh, who led the 49ers to three Super Bowls in 10 seasons, has discussed returning to the NFL team as a consultant, providing input on trades and draft choices. Walsh served as head coach at Stanford for the 1977 and 1978 seasons before joining the 49ers. He has called his two years at Stanford the happiest of his life.
Leland, who served as an assistant under Walsh in 1978, declined to say whether Walsh was being considered as a candidate.
* COLTS: The team will will interview Michigan State coach George Perles again this week for the head coaching job.
Perles will meet with owner Robert Irsay and his son, Jim, who is general manager, today and tomorrow.
The Detroit News quoted an unnamed source yesterday as saying Perles is one of three candidates still being considered by the Irsays. The others are Buffalo offensive coordinator Ted Marchibroda, who coached the Colts in Baltimore, and Rick Venturi, who finished last season as the coach, a job he was given on a interim basis after Ron Meyer was fired last season.
* STEELERS: The team apparently is considering five candidates for its head coaching job.
The Pittsburgh Press reported that Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Woody Widenhofer, a former Steelers linebacker coach, is on the list along with Joe Greene, Steelers' defensive line coach and former player; Dave Wannstedt, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator; Bill Cowher, defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs; and Kevin Gilbride, offensive coordinator for the Houston Oilers.
* BUCCANEERS: Vikings linebackers coach Maxie Baughan is taking a similar position with Tampa Bay. Baughan, 54, was with the Vikings for two seasons. He joins new Bucs head coach Sam Wyche, his teammate on the Washington Redskins in the early 1970s under George Allen.