Breaking Down Betting Options to Replace Rick Pitino at Louisville

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 7:45 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017 7:45 PM UTC

The first major domino has fallen from the shocking news that the FBI has made arrests regarding rampant corruption in NCAA basketball: Rick Pitino is out as Louisville’s coach. BetOnline has a prop on his replacement.

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The Hall of Fame coaching career of Rick Pitino is over – at least in college it certainly is. Perhaps some NBA team takes a chance on him. Pitino is one of the greatest NCAA coaches ever and the only one to lead two schools (Kentucky and Louisville) to national championships. But trouble seemed to follow him at Louisville, and Tuesday’s news of a federal investigation into fraud and corruption in recruiting was the last straw for the U of L, which was implicated in the investigation.

On Wednesday, Pitino was placed on unpaid leave, but that he will be fired is simply a formality. According to his contract, Pitino must be given 10 days' notice before he can officially be fired.  In addition, athletic director Tom Jurich, Pitino’s biggest supporter, also was placed on leave. He won’t be back, either. Interim school president Greg Postel said Louisville will work quickly to name an interim coach and athletic director, possibly within 48 hours.

So while U of L might go with an interim coach for 2017-18 with the season only about a month away and practices set to begin, BetOnline offers a prop on the next long-term head coach at Louisville. You know, assuming the basketball program isn’t given the death penalty. Here are the candidates and their odds.

Mick Cronin (+600): I’m surprised the University of Cincinnati coach is favored here because Louisville surely will want someone with no ties to Pitino, and Cronin was an assistant for Pitino at Louisville from 2001-2003.

Chris Mack (+800): Mack is the highly successful coach at Xavier, leading the Musketeers to seven NCAA Tournament appearances in eight seasons, including four Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight last year. Xavier is in Cincinnati, which is less than a two-hour drive from Louisville.

Buzz Williams (+800): Williams did a great job at Marquette from 2008-14. He surprisingly then left for Virginia Tech and got the Hokies to the NCAA Tournament last year, an impressive feat at a football school. It was Tech’s first trip to the Big Dance since 2007.

Andy Enfield (+1000): Enfield turned little Florida Gulf Coast into the Cinderella of the 2013 NCAA Tournament and has built USC into a perennial Top 25 team since arriving there before the 2013-14 season. In fact, the Trojans could be a preseason Top 10 team. However, USC was also named in the FBI’s investigation so Enfield might have to worry about his own job.

Kermit Davis (+1000): Davis has built Middle Tennessee into one of the best mid-major programs as the Blue Raiders have reached the NCAA Tournament the past two seasons after winning the Conference USA Tournament both years.

Shaka Smart (+1000): There are reports that Smart isn’t all that happy at Texas, but why leave the richest athletic department in the country for the mess that is Louisville?

Gregg Marshall (+1200): Wichita State’s coach likely is a pipe dream – he has been offered better jobs than Louisville previously and turned them down. His Shockers are national title contenders this year with all five starters back.

Fred Hoiberg (+1200): Apparently the Chicago Bulls are going to keep Hoiberg around for their full rebuild. No reason to pay Hoiberg to go away and then hire some new guy when your team is guaranteed to stink for a few years.

Steve Wojciechowski (+1400): Wojo is a former Duke star point guard and assistant coach who replaced Williams at Marquette. Many think Wojo will be Duke’s eventual replacement for Mike Krzyzewski. He’s not going to coach against Coach K and his alma mater.

I don’t happen to think it’s any of these guys. Louisville is going to be in transition for at least a few years and probably on probation (at a minimum) for a while. Already, two top recruits in the Class of 2018, Anfernee Simons and Courtney Ramey, have decommitted. The school is going to have to find some young up-and-coming coach as no successful established guy will touch this job.

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