How many wins does University of Texas head coach Charlie Strong need to save his job? Is it even possible at this point? Oddsmakers don’t think so.
After leading Louisville to a 37–15 record and a bowl game appearance in each of his four seasons, Strong was regarded as one of the nation’s top up-and-coming coaches. That’s no longer the case. In his third season with the Longhorns, Strong’s team has gone just 16-18 even though he’s currently on pace for his first winning season.
With two years still remaining on his initial five-year contract, Strong is firmly on the hot seat. On Thursday evening, the market-setting Bookmaker.eu posted odds on the potential coaching vacancy at Texas.
Houston’s Tom Herman, who was previously the favorite to be named head coach at LSU, opened as the odds-on favorite to take over as the head coach at Texas. Strong opened with 35/1 odds to retain his job, although those odds improved to 3/1 less than 24 hours later.
The table below displays the current odds at Bookmaker. It will be updated as new information becomes available.
|Coach||Bookmaker (11/11)||Bookmaker (11/10)|
Personally, I think there’s value taking the field at +145. There are only five candidates listed and some of them — like former Baylor head coach Art Briles — come with some serious baggage. Texas football has a proud history and a massive budget, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them throw big money at a dark horse candidate.
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Who do you think Texas will hire? Are there any dark horse candidates that oddsmakers are overlooking? Is the field offering value at plus money? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.