I’m no betting man, but I can tell you this is absolute bullshit.
— Heartland College Sports (@Heartland_CS) October 15, 2020
According to Pete Mundo of Heartland College Sports, the current betting odds for which Big 12 head coach will be fired first have been updated. As expected, Texas’ Tom Herman is at the top of the list, closely followed by Matt Wells of Texas Tech. However, who falls third on the list may just ruffle the feathers of Mountaineer fans.
West Virginia’s Neal Brown falls third on the list with 3/1 odds. Despite improving recruiting, slowly improving play on the field, and completely changing the culture of the West Virginia program, Brown is not seen as legitimate in the eyes of Vegas. While this will all but certainly enrage the Mountain State, who falls BEHIND Brown on the list may be cause for even more frustrations.
Sitting with a 3-12 record, Kansas’ Les Miles is given better odds to stick around than Neal Brown. I’m no “football expert,” but how? How is a coach that has failed to make any progress expected to stick around longer than someone who is slowly building a solid football program? It just doesn’t make any sense. In all honesty, Les Miles should be above Tom Herman on this list and leading the pack – not sitting behind the best hire of 2019 in the Big 12.
Here are the current odds, per Mundo:
- Tom Herman – Texas: 8/5
- Matt Wells – Texas Tech: 5/2
- Neal Brown – West Virginia: 3/1
- Les Miles – Kansas: 6/1
- Chris Klieman – Kansas State: 8/1
- Gary Patterson – TCU: 10/1
- Mike Gundy – Oklahoma State: 10/1
- Matt Campbell – Iowa State: 14/1
- Dave Aranda – Baylor: 20/1
- Lincoln Riley – Oklahoma: 28/1