If oddsmakers are to be believed, then Charlie Strong will be the next coach to Texas.
Louisville’s coach is a 2-1 favorite to replace Mack Brown, according to the odds set by Bovada, an online sportsbook, even though it appears that he doesn’t have interest in the job.
Vegas has Charlie strong as top candidate at Texas. Talked to him yesterday and he had no interest.
— Pat Dooley (@pat_dooley) December 17, 2013
Sportsbook.ag has Strong at 7-5.
Strong, a former defensive coordinator at both South Carolina and Florida, led Louisville to a win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl and is 36-15 in his fourth season. The Cardinals will play Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is 4-1, followed by Baylor’s Art Briles (5-1), Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy (6-1), FSU’s Jimbo Fisher (9-1), according to Bovada.
Jim Harbaugh, 10-1
Bill O’Brien, 12-1
David Shaw, 12-1
Jim Mora, 12-1
Chip Kelly, 16-1
Mike Tomlin, 33-1
Briles would be a great fit from a football standpoint.
He has the accent, the connections with the state’s high school coaches and the football knowledge, but might not have the smoothness needed for the Texas PR machine (remember, the Longhorns have their own network) or the patience to deal with the program’s big money boosters.
Look for Texas to hire an established coach. It doesn’t need to take a chance with an unproven assistant, like Alabama DC Kirby Smart.
Whoever the next coach is, he’ll be well compensated.
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