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Odds on Who Will Coach Michigan Next Season: Harbaugh the Favorite

Betting Odds to be the next Michigan Wolverines head coach

As of right now, Jim Harbaugh is the coach of the Michigan Wolverines. However, after a tumultuous 1-3 start that represents the program’s worst start to a season since 1967, there are many who believe he won’t make it to next season.

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Bovada has released odds on who will be the head coach for Michigan next season with Harbaugh the -150 favorite followed by Luke Fickell at +600, Matt Campbell at +650 and David Shaw at +750 to round out the top four choices on the oddsboard.

Odds to be the next head coach of the Michigan wolverines
TeamOdds
Jim Harbaugh-150
Luke Fickell+600
Matt Campbell+650
David Shaw+750
Jason Candle+1600
Tony Elliott+1600
Alex Grinch+1600
Josh Heupel+1600
Dan Lanning+1600
Brent Venables+2500
Matt Entz+2500
Lance Leipold+2500

Odds as of November 20 at Bovada

Will Harbaugh Return To Michigan Next Season?

Although Harbaugh is the -150 odds favorite to be back at the helm at Michigan next season, I stated in my article about the Wolverines coach that he will probably be gone after this year.

His contract ends in 2022, so he does technically have one more year left following this season. Despite losses to Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin, if the Wolverines can win out, including their season finale on the road against Ohio State, that might just save his job.

Harbaugh has yet to beat powerhouse Ohio State during his five-year tenure and it’s unlikely it happens this year. However, if he does beat the Buckeyes, it would be something he can use as leverage that the program is moving in the right direction.

Who Is The Likeliest Candidate?

At +600, Luke Fickell has the second-highest odds for who will coach Michigan next season. Fickell has been impressive in leading the Cincinnati Bearcats to a perfect 7-0 record and the No. 7 ranking in the nation.

He is very familiar with the Big Ten Conference, spending most of his career at Ohio State, first as a player and then as an assistant coach. He was also the interim head coach at Ohio State for the entire 2011 season. He did turn down the Michigan State head coaching position at the beginning of this year, so itll be interesting to see if he is willing to take the spot in Michigan if its offered.

Fickell has shown a great ability to recruit players. He took a lesser-known program in Cincinnati and led it to back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2018 and 2019, before this year’s perfect start. He is a smart coach who can get the best out of his players, something Harbaugh has failed to do in Michigan.

Other options are Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell at +650 and Clemson Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables at +2500, but Fickell has the most experience and has proven he can rejuvenate a program, which is exactly what Michigan needs.