O'Brien told the Boston Globe on Tuesday, "I am not a candidate for any job. My focus is on preparing B.C. to take on Navy Dec.30."
Boston College will play Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., its eighth consecutive postseason appearance under O'Brien.
Grobe, whose team will play Louisville in the Orange Bowl, was asked last week about openings at Miami and Alabama. His response: "I am a Wake Forest guy."
Grobe also makes at least $1 million per season, far more than Stanford was believed to have paid Walt Harris.
Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby was expected to leave the Bay Area on Tuesday, presumably to begin the screening process.
Bowlsby has said he would like to have a replacement named in about two weeks.
PLAYERS' FUTURES: Harris' dismissal doesn't necessarily mean receivers Evan Moore and Mark Bradford will return next season.
"I am excited about what Mr. Bowlsby just said to us, and the way he said he would approach the search process," Moore said Monday. "This is going to be something I'll obviously have the luxury to think about for another week, because there is no coach here right now."
Said Bradford: "It leaves me in a little bit of limbo, because I don't really know what's going to happen, who's going to be hired.
-Center Tim Mattran has been granted a medical redshirt by the NCAA. He will return for a sixth season next fall.