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Betting odds for the next Michigan Basketball coach released

Oddsmakers have already set the early names in contention.

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John Beilein stunned Michigan fans yesterday by jumping to the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. That leaves Michigan in a poor spot when it comes to finding a replacement coach, given how late in the hiring season it is. However, as the only major job currently open, Michigan should have the ability to land one of its top targets.

BetOnline.AG has released its initial odds for who the next coach of the Wolverines will be. Here they are in order:

Juwan Howard - 3/1

Billy Donovan - 7/2

Bobby Hurley - 5/1

Mike White - 5/1

Kevin Keatts - 7/1

Shaka Smart - 7/1

LaVall Jordan - 10/1

Luke Yaklich - 10/1

Saddi Washington - 10/1

Brad Stevens - 12/1

This list of 10 names includes several people that would be slam dunk hires, namely Stevens and Donovan. However, it also includes some head scratchers. Despite the Michigan connection, it is surprising to see Howard at the top of this list. It’s also a pleasant surprise to see Donovan’s odd so high. How would either of those hires make you feel? Let us know in the comments.

UPDATE: Bovada has now also released odds for who takes over at Michigan. Here are its odds:

Chris Beard +325

Rick Pitino +475

Juwan Howard +500

Saddi Washington +600

Luke Yaklich +600

LaVall Jordan +900

Bob McKillop +2200

Bobby Hurley +2200

Jay Wright +2200

Johnny Dawkins +2200

Kevin Keatts +2200

Porter Moser +2200

Shaka Smart +2200

Steve Wojciechowski +2200

Quite a difference between the two sets of odds. What’s your reaction?