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.
The chart below offers the entire current list.
|Jeff Scott||South Florida||+450||18.18%|
|Neal Brown||West Virginia||+600||14.29%|
|Jimbo Fisher||Texas A&M||+800||11.11%|
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.
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.