Les Miles nearly even money to land Houston job

One major sportsbook thinks Les Miles to Houston is a very real possibility. Find out the odds on all the candidates to replace Tom Herman, who left for Texas after going 22-4 with the Cougars.

 

The University of Houston's coaching search is in full swing, and one major sportsbook pegs Les Miles as the likeliest hire.

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BookMaker.eu lists the former LSU head coach at +115 (risk $100 to win $115) to replace Tom Herman, who left for Texas.

Miles went 114-34 at LSU until getting fired with a 2-2 record this season. He was 62-28 in SEC play, winning two conference titles and the 2007 national championship.

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley (+250) and Alabama OC Lane Kiffin (+500) also are serious contenders, while interim Houston coach Todd Orlando (+2500) and Houston OC and quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite (+2500) appear to be long shots.

The field -- any other coach -- is priced at +105.

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported Miles was scheduled to interview Sunday or Monday, and that he was interested in the Group of Five job despite coaching in Power Five schools his entire career.

Houston went 22-4 in two seasons under Herman. This year the Cougars went 9-3, upsetting Oklahoma and Louisville, and will play San Diego State in the Dec. 17 Las Vegas Bowl.

A former lead writer for Covers and The Linemakers, Larry combines a vast network of Vegas and offshore sources with an analytical approach he honed during his years working for Pro Football Focus. Larry specializes in the NFL. In 2015 he went 35-25-2 (58 percent) on NFL game picks, 3-1 on season win total plays and 4-1 on Super Bowl props. Larry correctly predicted Joe Philbin would be the first NFL coach fired -- at 15/1 odds -- and even nailed the week he'd be dismissed.