Of the many names being thrown around in consideration for the head coaching position at LSU, the one name that is usually immediately disregarded is that of former Baylor head coach Art Briles. However, if you pay attention to betting trends, it might be wise to consider Briles a realistic candidate in Baton Rouge.
The reason Briles no longer has a job had nothing to do with his ability to coach, it was the scandal his football program got into under his watch in Waco – which of course involved sexual assault of Baylor students and athletes. If not for that, Briles would not even be available and would still be coaching the undefeated Baylor team this season.
The chances of LSU overlooking Briles’ past seems highly unlikely, however, that hasn’t stopped Briles’ odds from dropping drastically according to the latest odds from Bookmaker.eu.
According to oddsmaking consultant for Bookmaker Scott Cooley, Briles has seen heavy action since the line debuted last Monday, Sept. 26:
“One of our most respected college football bettors came in and hit Briles a handful of times at different numbers before backing off. We’ve seen some sharp action on Fedora and Kiffin as well, but nothing like the liability we have on Briles.”
Briles opened with 50/1 odds and now has 15/1 odds – which are better odds than Ed Orgeron at this point. Fedora has seen his odd slashed from 25/1 to 12/1, and Kiffin’s odds have moved from 20/1 to 10/1.
Here are the complete odds via Bookmaker.eu as of 10/4/16:
Head coach of the LSU Tigers in Week 1 of the 2017-18 regular season
Tom Herman -115
Jimbo Fisher +250
Lane Kiffin +1000
Larry Fedora +1200
Art Briles +1500
Kliff Kingsbury +1600
Ed Orgeron +2000
Gary Patterson +2000
Mike Gundy +2500
Kyle Whittingham +3000
Bryan Harsin +3500
Bobby Petrino +4000
Sonny Dykes +6000
Todd Graham +6000
Chris Klieman +6000
Field – Any Other +400