Texas football coach Mack Brown has made it clear that he is not walking away from his job with the Longhorns any time soon despite a negative fan backlash following Saturday’s 63-21 loss to rival Oklahoma.
But what are the odds on seeing him back on the Longhorns’ sideline next season? Bovada Sportsbook (www.Bovada.lv) established even-money odds today (1/1) that Brown will coach the Longhorns (4-2, 1-2 in Big 12) in 2013. Odds of his departure were placed at 5/7.
Let’s be clear. Texas officials have shown little interest in forcing Brown’s departure but there is a $3.5 million buyout in his current deal. Brown, who has a 145-41 record in 14-plus seasons at the school, led Texas to a 2005 national championship and a berth in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game.
The loss to OU marked Texas’ third consecutive setback in the series, with the last two by margins of 41 and 38 points (Texas fell, 55-17, in 2011). Brown, 61 and under contract through 2020, said during Monday’s news conference in Austin that he is “way too competitive and have way too much pride to leave something bad. I’m going to get this fixed.”
Here is Bovada’s take on Brown’s potential return in 2013, which was distributed today as one of this week’s “specials” for college football fans. The list:
SPECIALS - Will Mack Brown be the Head Coach of Texas for Game 1 of the 2013 Regular Season?
Yes EVEN (1/1)
No -140 (5/7)
SPECIALS - Will Notre Dame allow an Offensive TD vs. BYU?
Yes -250 (2/5)
No +170 (17/10)
SPECIALS - Will Notre Dame play in the BCS Championship game?
Yes +500 (5/1)
No -900 (1/9)
_ Jimmy Burch