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After Nick Saban withdrew his name for consideration at Texas (allegedly), our odds on who might be the next coach in Austin were spun upside down. Fortunately an offshore sportsbook went one step further a few days ago allowing bettors to actually put their money where their mouth is regarding Mack Brown’s heir apparent.  The prices they used surprised me and given the fluidity of the coaching search there’s already been seismic shifts in the prices.

Setting a betting market where public opinion plays the same role as actual facts means numbers will reflect truth and fan bias equally.  Charlie Strong’s odds of 5-2 were cut in half overnight to 6-5 with the buzz around his candidacy reaching a fevered pitch. David Shaw’s, once rumored to have an inside track on the job, saw his price nose dive from 7-2 down to 15-1 in that same time span. More importantly a man who wasn’t even listed on the board as of yesterday, Chip Kelly, is now right in the thick of things at 8-1 making him the 5th listed favorite. Until Texas names a new head coach, it will be interesting to watch the wild fluctuations in odds.

Without further pretense here’s your complete list of odds for who will be the next coach at Texas courtesty of  Keep in mind the book doesn’t offer any “field” option so there’s always a chance the house will keep every penny wagered in the market if no one on this list gets the job.

  Today Yesterday
Charlie Strong 6-5 5-2
Art Briles 7-2 6-1
James Franklin 5-1 6-1
Gus Malzahn 7-1 9-2
Chip Kelly 8-1 N/A
Bill O’Brien 8-1 6-1
Dabo Swinney 10-1 10-1
Jim Mora Jr 10-1 10-1
David Shaw 15-1 7-2
Jimbo Fisher 20-1 15-1
Jim Harbaugh 25-1 18-1
Mike Gundy 25-1 18-1
Will Muschamp 25-1 12-1
Jon Gruden 25-1 15-1
Les Miles 30-1 20-1
Mike Tomlin 50-1 30-1

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.