Bodog Taking Wagers on Who Will be Penn State’s Next Head Coach

By Adam Kramer   Nov. 11, 2011

Bodog, one of the world’s biggest online sports books,  has released betting odds on who will be Penn State’s next head coach and ESPN analyst Urban Meyer is your early favorite. At least according to the oddsmakers. Despite the fact that Meyer has said he has “no plans to return to coaching at this time,” Bodog has pegged him at 2/1.

There’s some rather well known names included on this list, and for the 765th consecutive coaching search, Jon Gruden is also included in the mix below. They are also taking wagers on whether or not Tom Bradley will be the head coach of the team beyond this season, and they seem to like his chances.

Here’s who Bodog has included right now in their mix for next Penn State head coach and Bradley’s odds of returning for the 2012-2013 season. You may now begin speculating why [insert your team's head coach] is or isn’t included in this list and why [insert other team's head coach] has higher or lower odds.

Who will be the Head Coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for 2012-2013 season? 

Urban Meyer 2/1

Al Golden 4/1

Mike London 9/2

Kevin Sumlin 5/1

Pat Fitzgerald 6/1

Kik Ferentz 15/2

Dan Mullen 8/1

Chris Petersen 10/1

Greg Schiano 25/1

Jon Gruden 50/1

Will Tom Bradley be the Head Coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for the 2012-2013 season?

Yes 2/1

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    1. 11/11/11

      Mike London is way too high and Schiano is way too low. But then again, what do I know?


    2. des
      11/11/11

      As much as I’d like to see Al Golden considered, I don’t think anyone associated with the program in the past 25 years will be anything more than a thought. With that said, Golden and Schiano are more like 100/1 … this includes Bradley and Larry Johnson.

      Urban Meyer – The biggest name with the most sense. He has a good reputation, excellent recruiting tenure and a complete and total understanding of what it takes to manage a program of this size and what needs to happen at this time.

      Mike London – I think his stock has slipped lately. Good coach, but not “strong” enough to handle the overhaul and complete program management that a major program like Penn State requires.

      Pat Fitzgerald – Fitzgerald is very good and a hot commodity to the coaching ranks, but do you honestly believe a guy like this would abandon his alma mater, in which things are only getting better for him and the program?

      Kirk Ferentz – another solid option but still believe he is sticking with a program he still believes he has things to prove, ie. a National Championship.

      Chris Petersen – do you blame a guy if he wants to bail on a program that will never get the respect that he and the program have been striving for, for many years now?

      Jon Gruden – seriously?? not a good fit in so many ways. He’s an NFL guy through and through.

      Other considerations? Mack Brown, Nick Saban, Pete Carroll, June Jones ……..


    3. EarthX
      11/11/11

      No one who has ever played or worked there is getting the job.

      If they have any history with PSU, they will

      1) Be a possible witness to be called upon in future criminal and civil trials.

      2) Be constantly asked by reporters “No one ever told you stories about Funny Uncle Jerry down the hall?”

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    5. bkj
      11/11/11

      I think the one guy that could come in and rebuild the program quickest would be Bill Cowher.He is reverened in Western Pennsylvania and would be able to recruit the PA player without much problem. That would create a good foundation to start the rebuilding process. He also would be able to ientice the national recruit because of his nfl sucess and tv exposure. Almost any other coach would have to battle the stigma that has been created.


    6. Finnbell
      11/11/11

      I wonder if any big name coach will want to be the guy who follows a true living legend. The way JoePa went out will be on the mind of any new coach. The job is tainted now so the team may go through a bit of a down period as top recruits and coaches avoid the school like the plague. Other schools in the region like Pitt may become more appealing options.

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    9. Cal
      11/12/11

      Please God take Kirk Ferentz!


    10. Chris
      11/13/11

      Mike London has about as much chance of getting the job as Jay Paterno, whom based upon the long reach of many of these names, should be on the list. the next coach at PSU will be high profile with head coaching experience, which now would include Tom Bradley (interim). Other possibilities could include former or current pro coaches such as Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell, Andy Reid, or Marty Mornhinweg. Or myself of course.

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    12. Dane
      11/28/11

      Dan Mullen is way too unproven for a PSU calliber program

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