Donovan Could Return To Coach Gators!

Billy Donovan might not be done with the Florida Gators after all.

FoxSports.com, citing two anonymous sources, reported Sunday night that Donovan was having second thoughts about coaching the NBA's Orlando Magic and attempting to return to Gainesville.

Donovan agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Magic on Thursday, but FoxSports.com reported that he has approached both sides about getting out of the deal. He has yet to sign the contract with the NBA team.

According to one of the sources, the Magic forced Donovan to make a rash decision.

Donovan said after taking the Magic job that he had always been intrigued by the NBA and that Orlando was the perfect situation because it was an up-and-coming team and close to home.

The 42-year-old Donovan led the Gators to consecutive national titles the past two seasons and was slated to sign a seven-year deal worth approximately $3.5 million annually. The deal was still in the process of being approved when he agreed to coach the Magic.

The Gators moved quickly to replace Donovan, contacting Virginia Commonwealth coach Anthony Grant soon after Donovan's decision. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley had been scheduled to meet with Grant on Saturday in Richmond, Va.

But that meeting never took place, and Grant said Sunday night that he hadn't been offered the job.

"I have been contacted by the University of Florida regarding their coaching vacancy," Grant said in a statement. "I have not had any in-person contact with any Florida representative, nor have I been offered the job.

"At this point in time, I will have no further comment on this situation as my focus is on my responsibilities at VCU."

Neither Foley nor Donovan could be reached for comment.

If Donovan had a change of heart, it wouldn't be the first in college basketball.

Creighton coach Dana Altman was introduced as Arkansas' new basketball coach earlier this spring, then decided to return to Creighton two days later.

Altman's reversal was not without precedent. In 1993, Bobby Cremins accepted the South Carolina job, then reneged two days later and returned to Georgia Tech.

And in June 2006, Charleston hired Winthrop's Gregg Marshall, but Marshall told the Cougars one day later he was returning to Winthrop.


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  • by SPIKE LEE OF KY. BB Location: LEX, KY. on Jun 11, 2007 at 09:49 AM
    UPON FURTHER REVIEW.WHAT I SEE IS A GREAT COACH STAYING IN THE COLLEGE RANKS.MOLDING AND TEACHING YOUNG MEN.HOW MANY COACHES HAVE BEEN ABLE TO INFLUENCE YOUNG MEN TO STAY IN SCHOOL LIKE LIKE BIILY D,ONLY TO WIN BACK TO BACK CHAMPIONSHIPS?I ALSO SEE CERTAIN FANS GRUMBLING IF WE SHOULD LOSE TO FLA.TWICE,INDIANA,LOUISVILLE.VANDY AND TN.BILLY G,BRACE YOURSELF BECAUSE KY. FANS IS GONNA GET ON WITH YOU.
  • by danny Location: williamsburg on Jun 6, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    unbelieveable ! a definite blemish on his resume .im glad he didnt come to uk .
  • by Larry Location: Ida May, Ky on Jun 5, 2007 at 09:28 PM
    ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, WILL BILLY MOVE TO ORLANDO AND FAME AND FORTUNE, OR WILL HE RETURN TO THE SAD AND DESOLATE AND GAINESVILLE !!!!
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jun 5, 2007 at 06:04 PM
    I feel for Billy D., So what if he's had second thoughts about The Magic, and leaving his current job as head coach of the two time ncaa champions, I think He'd be a fool not to have second thoughts. Also i still applaud Pitino's decision to leave Ky for the Celtics, 50 Million , plus a piece of the team, he'd have been crazy to stay. I agree with Spike, theres something else going on here than were privy too.. Best of luck to a fine coach and a real gentleman..
  • by Jeff Location: Lex'town on Jun 5, 2007 at 11:37 AM
    Who cares about him? I don't; he is a millionaire for coaching a kid's game just like the pros who get paid big bucks for playing that kid's game. I don't understand it and I guess I never will.
  • by Sheena Location: Virginia Beach, VA on Jun 5, 2007 at 10:21 AM
    Blemished, tarnished and a fool. What a joke. As others stated, I too feel for the boys he "lied to" and told he "wasn't going anywhere". If he can't be honest about something so simple; I personally would doubt anything that comes out of his mouth. No respect for little Billy on my part.
  • by Geri Location: Mt Washington on Jun 4, 2007 at 04:32 PM
    WOW!!! Billy D. is so Full of Himself, He is a Pitino wanna be. I was disappointed when he turn down KY but glad we have the right Billy G. I feel sorry for Florida and the boys being jerked around. I would not trust him if I were a recruit. Yes, HE IS BLEMISHED.
  • by nancy Location: lexington on Jun 4, 2007 at 09:45 AM
    what is he thinking.. or is he?? I used to have alot of respect for him, but now I am not so sure...
  • by Brad Location: East Ridge on Jun 4, 2007 at 08:44 AM
    we got the right Billy.By the way his image is blemished. Listen to fox and espn.
  • by Angie Location: Russell on Jun 4, 2007 at 07:42 AM
    The way I see it, HE'S NOT OUR PROBLEM!!! Woo-Hoo!!! What a Pitino "wanna be". Guess he has to follow the same lame path!
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