What the smart money says about foolish coaching.
Prominent Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada has set odds on Mack Brown's departure from Texas.
The proposition bet is pretty straightforward:
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)
Prop bets are usually sucker bets and Vegas is exploiting a snapshot zeitgeist amongst the Longhorn faithful, but these aren't 6 to 1 odds either. If you bet that he's gone by Game 1, 2013, you only win $7.13 if you bet $10.
So Bovada is setting the mathematical/wagering discourse with an underlying assumption that Mack Brown is fired or resigns.
Brown may have Bellmont's propaganda machine and the assurances of key alums he's courted for well over a decade, but there's a prevailing wind from the common Texas fan I haven't sensed since 1997.
And they're feeling that breeze in the desert.