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SEC Football Coaching Odds

Elliot Hess, UK Athleitcs

Elliot Hess, UK Athleitcs

Elliot Hess, UK Athleitcs

Ever wonder if people bet on a coach’s job security?  Well, it’s possible, especially now.  In light of comments made by Steve Spurrier at media days, the guys at Saturday Down South thought it’d be funny to actually throw up some betting odds for all SEC football coaches.  Curious?  Of course you are.

So the way they set it up, the odds are in favor of coaches who won’t be around in the next four years.  Therefore, spoiler alert, Derek Mason of Vanderbilt is the front runner to be gone.  His odds are 1/30, meaning if you put $30 down on him, you’d probably only be making $1 in return.  All odds were made regardless of the departure, so they took retirement, quitting, or being fired into effect.

Moving on, now that you know how this works, where’s Mark Stoops?  Stoops actually is middle-of-the-road when compared to the rest of the SEC.  His odds of being at Kentucky for the 2019 season are 2/1.  When I say he’s middle-of-the-road, that’s exactly what I mean.  Seven coaches have better odds, six coaches have worse.  The reason his pay-out isn’t higher is because he has yet to produce a winning season.  It’s coming, so personally I’d put him in the next category up.  Nonetheless, until that success comes, these odds make sense.

The next best category, with odds being 3/1, include Bielema, Sumlin, and Butch Jones.  These coaches have somewhat proved their worth, but with rising expectations, one or more may be gone by 2019.  I’d include Stoops here also, but then again, he doesn’t quite have the head coaching record.  However, given the expectations of the BBN, I think we like Stoops’ efforts and can see where this program is heading.  Therefore, I see Stoops being at UK for at least another four years.

The best pay-outs in the SEC include Malzahn, Freeze, and Mullen.  Their odds were set at 10/1, with the reason being that they all are young and have proven that they can win with their teams.

For the complete list of odds, you may find them here.  Bet at your own risk!

Article written by Kory Henry

"We will kick, pass, and run, til the battle is won!" Bleeding blue since 1990. @KoryHenryKSR

24 Comments for SEC Football Coaching Odds

  1. Flip
    12:17 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    We are caught in a Catch-22. If Stoops doesn’t start winning soon, his hot seat will grow. His unrelenting hype must start becoming reality. However, If he does start winning, bigger schools will come calling. For a man that never once set foot on campus until AFTER he was hired, this job is a stepping stone to a bigger position. The only way he stays long term is to produce 6-6 or 7-5 records every year, like Brooks did.

    • Cats paw
      12:30 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Of course we could have hired Petrino for half the price and been winning like 8 games by now and had a real team! I don’t hear anyone talking about PETRINO leaving?? Isn’t that what all the Homers said would happen? It’s amazing that fans think 6 wins will make UK football relevent when we are given 4 freebies a year!

    • J-Dub421
      3:16 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      No one talks about Petrino leaving because he’s a despicable human being and no one but Louisville will stoop low enough to hire him.

  2. Linda Honey
    12:26 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    In football, Kentucky has been the rectum of the SEC forever, but not no more

    • Cats paw
      12:32 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Not sure who you been talking to but we are picked to finish next to last in the sec. Just like the previous 20+ years!

    • Linda from the hollar
      1:37 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      My brother sez I got a nice rectum.

    • J-Dub421
      3:44 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Linda Honey, we are rectum and proud of it

    • J-Dub421
      9:29 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Once again, get your own login name asshole.

  3. Question
    1:32 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    Did Stoops used to act? He looks just like the guy who played Francis in pee Wee’s big adventure and the fat guy in teen wolf.

  4. Beavis
    1:58 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    Hire Petrino at half the price and get 3 times the headaches. Don’t give me that changed man crap. He would bolt out of Lexington faster than he did Western, Louisville and Atlanta when the opportunity presented itself. I would love to see UK win more games in the SEC but not at the price of hiring that idiot.

    • You are a loser
      2:08 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Have fun going 4 and 8 this year, hick.

    • J-Dub421
      3:19 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Have fun watching your whole team get arrested and Petrino jump ship again, just like the last time.

    • Beavis
      3:43 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      You are a loser,,,,That is it ? That is all you have to say ? Call someone a hick because you can’t defend that gentleman you have for a football coach. Brilliant.

    • Lloyd Tubman
      4:03 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Amen. Those cards have all kinds of guys getting arrested. That never happens here.

    • Lloyd Tubman
      4:14 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, but no one can deny my rapist wit.

    • Ashley Lowery
      4:16 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      I bet guys at uofl can get a DUI and not even be suspended for 1 game. That would never happen here.

    • Hmmmmm...
      8:31 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      So what became of Tubman? Isn’t he serving a 20 year sentence? Oh wait, he was never even indicted but keep trolling with that completely immaterial tidbit. I’d deflect as well since your coach did break Arkansas state law whereas Tubman is apparently innocent.

    • J-Dub421
      9:36 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      Lloyd Tubman never even played a game, wasn’t indicted, and was still kicked out of school. Petrino pulls scholarships from nice kids to give to felons who got kicked out of other programs. You can keep trying to deflect, but everyone knows it’s true.

  5. Impartial
    3:45 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    Stoops better put together a great season this year. He better go at least 7-5. He’s had some great recruiting classes the last couple of years. So far with the leap in talent, he’s only done less with more. Think about this for a minute: if he went 7-5 every year from here out, it would take him 5 more years to become a .500 coach. He would be in his 7th year at UK before he breaks even. .500 coaches are a dime a dozen. It’s time for him to stop with the smoke and mirrors, the rhetoric, and the hype. It’s time to start winning. Show me something on the field, where you get paid the most to produce. Show me something now. Count me as unimpressed and highly skeptical so far.

    • Gabe
      3:50 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      He needs to call more trick plays like reverses and flea-flickers if he wants to win

  6. jhnny
    6:05 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    Lets not kid ourselves- Stoops will be given at least four years and probably five, regardless of what happens this year- based on his recruiting alone.

    But I’m not sure the fans will stick around that long. Stoops has the personnel now to make a bowl. He has loads more talent than Brooks ever had. At some point you have to make the plays that win you games. And while the SEC is tough, its really not that tough to win 6 games if your Kentucky. You have four built in wins- three cupcakes and Vanderbilt (yes, they are back to being Vandy). After that you only have to find two more wins- Louisville and ???

  7. dshwildcats
    7:52 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

    I read the comments after many of the KSR articles, but I very rarely post a comment. But, I had to reply to this one. Some Kentucky fans act as if Stoops is going into his 5th or 6th year here at Kentucky. He is starting year number three in September! Does everyone recall how bare Joker left the cupboard? Stoops was a blown call in Gainesville away from going bowling in his second year. He was a late game, dropped INT in Louisville away from finishing above .500. He has the majority of his key players back. His staff has done a great job of redshirting the first two years, and that process should begin to pay dividends this season. Lets wait and see what Kentucky does this season before making the claim that Stoops is not getting the job done.

    To the Card fans who are so interested in a program that they claim is so beneath them, I’ll say this. Yes, our players get into trouble just like players at other schools. But, Kentucky does not routinely bring in players that have been discipline problems at other schools. Look at Louisville’s roster just since Petrino came back to Louisville. It is littered with players who had issues at other schools. There’s Josh Harvey-Clemons and Shaq Wiggins from UGA. There’s Malin Jones from Northwestern, and Devonte Fields from TCU. Before Petrino came back, Louisville decided to give Michael Dyer, the troubled Auburn standout, a new home. Louisville has truly become “Second Chance University”. And then there’s your head coach! What an upstanding, class human being he has been! Card fans might want to spend a little more time worried about cleaning up that dumpster fire in “The ‘Ville”, and less time worried about what Kentucky is doing in football.

  8. dshwildcats
    8:09 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink


    As entertaining as it might be to watch Petrino bolt from Louisville a second time, I’m not sure he will, brother. As devoid of ethics and moral standards as Petrino is, I don’t think he’s dumb. I think he realizes that he was very, very fortunate to get another opportunity to coach at the D-I level again. The year that Joker was fired (2012), two other SEC schools had coaching vacancies at the end of the season: Auburn and Tennessee. Neither one of those schools were interested in hiring this guy. He is a “PR nightmare”! But, Tom Jurich was more than willing to give this guy a second chance, even though Petrino had burned him after the 2006 season. I think that move speaks volumes for Jurich’s level of integrity.

    If Petrino were to leave Louisville after this coming season or the next, I just can’t imagine any other D-I school giving him yet another chance. I think he’s at Louisville for the long haul, brother.

    • J-Dub421
      9:39 pm July 19, 2015 Permalink

      After Petrino left Arkansas in the manner that he did, he was basically black listed in the SEC.