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!