Two offshore books have released odds on candidates to become Michigan’s next head basketball coach. John Beilein left Ann Arbor to take the same gig with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
For bettors who like these sorts of proposition wagers, you can find different numbers at Bovada and BetOnline.
As of early Wednesday afternoon, Bovada had Texas Tech’s Chris Beard installed as the +325 favorite. The next-shortest odds belonged to Rick Pitino (+475) and Juwan Howard (+500).
Beard took the Red Raiders to the Elite Eight two seasons ago, and they went to the finals this year before losing in overtime to Virginia. Beard inked a six-year contract extension with Texas Tech several weeks ago.
Howard was a member of the Fab Five at Michigan, helping the Wolverines to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of runner-up finishes. He is currently a Miami Heat assistant but has zero head-coaching experience.
Pitino’s name seemingly comes up for every high-profile job these days, but his checkered past with the NCAA makes him much more of a long shot than Bovada’s odds suggest. Pitino didn’t even make the board at BetOnline.
Michigan assistants Saddi Washington and Luke Yaklich share +600 odds at Bovada. Due to the timing of Beilein’s departure, both guys could be in play if Athletic Director Warde Manuel strikes out on his top choices.
Florida’s Mike White has 9/1 (or +900) odds, but UF has a top-10 recruiting class coming to Gainesville and an outstanding young nucleus. Also, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman tweeted Wednesday morning that if contacted, White and Notre Dame’s Mike Brey are unlikely to leave their current jobs.
Butler’s LaVall Jordan (9/1) was on Beilein’s staff at Michigan from 2010-2016. However, Manuel was formerly the AD at Connecticut and didn’t get to his alma mater until 2016.
Eight coaches share 22/1 odds at Bovada, including Villanova’s Jay Wright, Davidson’s Bob McKillop, Arizona State’s Bobby Hurley, North Carolina State’s Kevin Keatts, Marquette’s Steve Wojciechowski, Loyola-Chicago’s Porter Moser, UCF’s Johnny Dawkins and Texas’ Shaka Smart.
BetOnline opened Howard as the +300 “chalk” on Tuesday, but the book had Jordan as the +200 favorite Wednesday afternoon. Howard had been adjusted to 4/1. The next-shortest odds belonged to Yaklich (5/1), Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan (6/1), Hurley (6/1), White (9/1) and Washington (9/1).
Keatts (12/1), Smart (12/1) and Boston’s Brad Stevens (12/1) round out the list at BetOnline. Stevens and Donovan didn’t make the group of candidates at Bovada. Beard, the favorite at Bovada, didn’t make the board at BetOnline.
As we pointed out Tuesday, Donovan prefers to stay in the NBA. Stevens, the former Butler coach, has enjoyed success with the Celtics but is off a disappointing postseason showing.