One book has Butch Davis ‘odds-on favorite to be Hurricanes next coach’

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Some may scoff at the legitimacy of Butch Davis‘ chances at a collegiate reunion in South Florida. At least one book, though, is taking it seriously, at least as far as the odds go and how they’re attempting to control the flow of wagers coming in.

With Al Golden‘s none-too-surprising exit from Miami, coaches from across the country have lined up to either publicly stump for the job — Davis — or deny having an interest after having their names attached to the opening — Charlie Strong, James Franklin. After digesting all available information, the BookMaker Sportsbook has made Davis the “odds-on favorite to be the Hurricanes’ next head coach.”

Interestingly, the BookMaker‘s odds feature just one current head coach of a Power Five program: Kentucky’s Mark Stoops. That, more than anything, tells you about the current state of The U and the attractiveness of the job.

Anyway, here is that particular book’s complete early odds on Golden’s potential successor at The U.

Butch Davis -135
Mario Cristobal +360
Rob Chudzinski +800
Justin Fuente +1000
Greg Schiano +1100
Mark Stoops +1000
Tom Herman +1800

One note on this: Jon Gruden was, at one point, the wagering favorite to be the next head coach at Miami before he wasn’t… and the next head coach at Tennessee before he wasn’t… and so on and so on and so on.

That being said, I’ll just reiterate what I wrote very early Sunday morning, prior to Golden’s firing, when it comes to a replacement: If it’s me, I’m starting my search in Memphis and not leaving until Justin Fuente puts his Herbie Hancock on a contract. Yes, there’ll be competition as Fuente’s is seemingly the “it” guy on the coaching carousel this cycle, but a pursuit of Fuente should be at the very top of athletic director Blake James‘ to-do list.

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.