Earlier today betting site Bovada released a list of their favorites to be the next head coach at the University of Florida, as well as the odds on each candidate. Mike Gundy comes in first with 4:1 odds. It's no secret that Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder don't have the best relationship, and with the way this season is playing out it is conceivable that Gundy could be looking for a way out, but for some reason I believe Gundy when he says this is his last coaching job. It is rumored that Gundy has turned down the Tennessee and Arkansas jobs in previous years. The other candidates and their odds are listed below:
Favorites For Florida Gators Next Head Coach
|Mike Gundy||Oklahoma State HC||10||4/1|
|Jim McElwain||Colorado State HC||3||9/2|
|Bob Stoops||Oklahoma HC||16||11/2|
|Dan Mullen||Mississippi State HC||6||11/2|
|Rich Rodriguez||Arizona HC||3||7/1|
|Mike Shanahan||Last at, Washington Redskins HC||2010-13||7/1|
|Steve Spurrier||South Carolina HC||10||8/1|
|Hugh Freeze||Mississippi HC||3||8/1|
|Gary Patterson||TCU HC||15||12/1|
|Odds courtesy of Bovada|
Some notes and thoughts:
As you may know, Steve Spurrier is a former Florida head coach, where he won 6 Southeastern Conference championships as well as the 1996 national championship. Oh and he also won the Heisman trophy while playing for Florida in 1966, so he's pretty popular there.
Bob Stoops has come out and said that he's only a candidate for the job he has now.
It's odd to not see Art Briles listed, but I believe his new contract is an obstacle to any other team acquiring his services.
I think Dan Mullen is probably the realistic frontrunner for this job, he was their defensive coordinator under Urban Meyer.