With the college football season set to officially get underway this Saturday, an interesting list came out on Monday listing the coaches most likely to be fired first in 2019. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy came in eight on that list from BetOnline.AG.
First College Coach Fired
Clay Helton (USC) 11/2
Chris Ash (Rutgers) 6/1
Lovie Smith (Illinois) 9/1
Gus Malzahn (Auburn) 10/1
Kalani Sitake (BYU) 12/1
Ed Orgeron (LSU) 14/1
Justin Fuente (Virginia Tech) 14/1
Willie Taggart (FSU) 16/1
Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) 16/1
Tom Allen (Indiana) 20/1
Kevin Sumlin (Arizona) 20/1
Derek Mason (Vanderbilt) 22/1
Steve Addazio (Boston College) 22/1
Chad Morris (Arkansas) 22/1
Matt Luke (Ole Miss) 25/1
Barry Odom (Missouri) 28/1
I was stunned. Frankly, since the Big 12 has four of ten new head coaches, I did not expect to see any Big 12 coaches on the list, nevermind in the Top 10. But there was Gundy coming in at No. 8 with 16/1 odds.
It seems absolutely ridiculous to me, especially considering Gundy actually seems at peace knowing his career will likely finish and end, on his watch (hopefully), in Stillwater, Oklahoma. But this is a team that is literally one season removed from three-straight 10-win seasons. For OKLAHOMA STATE. And he’s on the hot seat in Las Vegas?!
If there was any Big 12 coach on the hot seat, or even close to it, it’s probably Les Miles for the simple fact that he’s in an incredibly difficult spot, was a somewhat-controversial hire and has had a dicey offseason heading into the toughest turnaround job in college football in a generation.
I understand the wise guys know best and Vegas wasn’t built on losing bets, but I can’t possibly fathom how Gundy ends up anywhere near the top 10 of a list like this.
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