Sportsbook releases odds on first SEC coaches to be fired this season
As SEC games start this season, the talk of which coach is fired will crank up once the first losses roll in. Coming off of a season when four coaches were fired, although the pandemic offers a different variable, there is still a belief that the pink slip might find an SEC coach or two this season.
Sportsbetting.ag released the opening odds and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp and Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason were each listed at 2-1, while Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt came in at 3-1, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn was 5-1 and Arkansas’ Sam Pittman was 8-1.
Some didn’t think Muschamp would be the South Carolina coach in 2020 following a disappointing 4-8 season where many thought his $19 million buyout saved him from being fired.
In the offseason, Muschamp re-tooled his staff and altered his contract, including the buyout amount, which dropped from the $15.3 million it would have been in 2020, to $13.2 million.
Being a private school, Mason’s contract details are not as transparent, but the Commodores slipped to 3-9 last season, which followed seasons of 6-7, 5-7, 6-7, 4-8 and 3-9 for Mason on the West End.
The coaches of the championship contenders in the SEC have the longest odds, with Alabama’s Nick Saban at 100-1 and LSU’s Ed Orgeron at 50-1. Florida’s Dan Mullen and Georgia’s Kirby Smart are each at 33-1.