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Kirby Smart, Justin Fuente, Ed Orgeron among betting favorites for South Carolina job

Orgeron has USC head coaching experience, technically!

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is the favorite to take over as South Carolina's head football coach, according to oddsmaker Bovada. South Carolina interim head coach Shawn Elliott, Memphis head coach Justin Fuente and LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron are among the other leading candidates, per Bovada.

A former Georgia defensive back who has spent time as an assistant with LSU, Florida State and the Miami Dolphins, Smart joined Nick Saban's Alabama staff in 2007, and has been the defensive coordinator since 2008. Elliott is a South Carolina native who has been the Gamecocks' offensive line coach since 2010. Fuente has orchestrated one of the biggest program turnarounds in the country at Memphis, while Orgeron is one of the nation's top recruiters and had success as the interim head coach with the other USC.

Coach Odds
Kirby Smart, Alabama defensive coordinator +250
Shawn Elliott, South Carolina interim head coach +300
Justin Fuente, Memphis head coach +400
Ed Orgeron, LSU defensive line coach +400
Jeff Brohm, Western Kentucky head coach +700
Matt Campbell, Toledo head coach +800
Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana Lafayette head coach +800
Matt Wells, Utah State head coach +1200
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State head coach +2000

Other small school coaches on the list: Western Kentucky head coach Jeff Brohm, Toledo head coach Matt Campbell, Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth and Utah State head coach Matt Wells. Rounding off the list is Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, who may not seem a legitimate candidate to leave East Lansing but is a South Carolina alum.