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Neal Brown Included on List with Odds for Next Fired College Football Head Coach

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A natural side effect of losing is people will constantly speculation about what can be done to right the ship. The easiest fix in some people’s mind is always to fire the head coach.

With West Virginia on the heels of a 48-10 loss to Texas Tech, many WVU fans are calling for head coach Neal Brown to removed. This triggered Bookies.com to offer an updated odds breakdown of where Brown stands among other college football coaches in the likelihood he is relieved of his duties with the Mountaineers.

Based on their list, Brown sits at +600 in terms of the odds he is the next head coach fired. Brown was part of a similar list, that one by BetOnline, a month ago, but the heat cooled off of him after a few wins, most notably beating Baylor just the week prior to the loss in Lubbock, Texas. Despite the chatter and odds, the most most recent list has the the implied probability of Brown actually being let go at only 14.29%.

Bryan Harsin remains in the top spot, as he’s been in every such list since Nebraska moved on firing Scott Frost. Harsin’s odds are at -110 and at a 52.38% probability. He is the only coach with over a 20% probability, let alone over 50.

Another interesting addition to a list like this is Jimbo Fisher, who is slightly below Brown with +800 odds and an 11.1% probability. Fisher, a West Virginia native, did publicly say he would not close the door on returning home to catch WVU before closing his career. Even with his current struggles at Texas A&M, this caused a bit of a stir among Mountaineer Nation based on his overall track record and the fact he has won a national championship.

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The chart below offers the entire current list.

Coach School Odds Implied Probability
Bryan Harsin Auburn -110 52.38%
Jeff Scott South Florida +450 18.18%
Neal Brown West Virginia +600 14.29%
Jimbo Fisher Texas A&M +800 11.11%
Scott Satterfield Louisville +1500 6.25%
The Field NA +500 16.67%

In all reality, most signs point to Brown returning as head coach at WVU next season. His hefty buyout and a solid recruiting class help argue his case to be back for at least one more season. Either way, the talk surrounding his future won’t calm down until his team starts constantly winning games, or at least eliminates games they aren’t even competitive in.

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With all of that said, it won’t be easy to finish this season on a positive note with a tough schedule ahead, which starts this Saturday with a game against undefeated and top 10 ranked TCU.

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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