"Booing on opening day is like telling grandma her house smells like old lady."--WOY
(I think you mean the ACC version... . s'alright. It's hard to keep track.)
I'm not a Kentucky fan, but I am a bit of a Donovan fan, and this one feels right to me. I'll go on the record here saying that he's the new coach by the middle of April. I can't imagine him turning Kentucky down, and I can't imagine there's a coach out there that's a better fit.
If I'm wrong....it won't be the first time.
So has everyone seen this?
According to Darrell Bird of CatsPause.com, UK is poised to name Billy Donovan its new basketball coach after Florida's final game in the NCAA Tournament. According to CatsPause.com, the reported package is a seven year deal worth $3.5 million per year. The report further states there is a $3.5 million loyalty bonus if Donovan completes all seven years. The deal reportedly was made last Thursday and Friday during a meeting with Donovan's agent here in Lexington.
So who knows?UPDATE 3:36 AM EDT (Tuesday): Catspause.com has run a new "Plan B" story which displaces the Donovan contract story from its headline position. Darrell Bird, the Catspause.com publisher, has posted a message on the site's message board indicating this is NOT a done deal and that the story was not intended for the widespread publication it received. Bird appears to be trying to relegate this story back to 'rumor' status.
Every news agency had Rich Rodriguez signed, sealed, and delivered for something like 7 yrs, 2 mil per year plus incentives... BEFORE the Gator Bowl. We all saw how that went in BSPN and most southern newspapers face. Until Donovan actually holds a presser before believe anything.Originally Posted by article
I've heard some speculation that Donovan might replace Pat Riley in Miami as well.
Get your nunchucks and the keys to your dad's car. I know where we can get a gun
http://ncaafootball.aolsportsblog.co...he-miami-heat/Could Billy Donovan Coach the Miami Heat Next Year?
Posted Mar 27th 2007 3:58PM by The Big Lead
Filed under: Heat, Florida Basketball, Kentucky Basketball, NBA Rumors
Completely random and seemingly out of nowhere, Sports by Brooks sat through the Jim Rome Show Monday, and found himself a great item: Florida coach Billy Donovan isn't going to end up at Kentucky, as his been rumored; instead, he's headed to coach the Miami Heat:
Tom Friend of ESPN The Magazine announced on Jim Rome's ESPN-TV show "Rome is Burning" yesterday that Donovan is going to leave (Florida) and replace Pat Riley as coach of the Miami Heat. What's equally intriguing is that an ESPN reporter on an ESPN network show claims the biggest basketball scoop of the season, yet the report is apparently being ignored by ESPN's news operation.
After extensive research (read: google news) all I was able to find was this Q&A with a writer from the Sun-Sentinel where the Donovan-to-the-Heat rumors are addressed, but instantly dismissed as poppycock.
I'm probably alone in this, but why would any coach with back-to-back championships (assuming the Gators win this one) under his belt leave for Kentucky? Wildcats fans may not want to hear this, but the current state of that program, compared to where Florida is, makes that a lateral move. Assuming all five Gator starters are gone after this season, I'd still project Florida to finish ahead of Kentucky in the SEC next year.
The NBA, to me, is a likely scenario, but there simply isn't much proof as to whether or not it's happening.
I'd ask Billy D to consider the success of those college coaches who have attempted to make the jump in the past few years.
When all is said and done more is said than done.
At this point I hope the golden boy DOES come north and take the job. That way there won't be any excuses if Kentucky should have a similar stretch of what they have had the last couple years. Of course then it will be "cut him some slack, he's just trying to fix what Tubby destroyed." After all, it all comes back to Tubby. He is the devil.
That's an important thing to remember. I think UK fans would be generous enough to give him a year. After that, I think if he doesn't make the Final Four, the natives will get restless. And even if he does make a Final Four and doesn't win it all, there is going to be a lot of criticism. The conventional wisdom is that if Donovan can go to back to back Final Fours at Florida - possibly winning them both - he should dominate at UK. Perhaps even give Wooden's record a run for his money. Plus Donovan would be getting paid a mint and we all know the higher the pay, the higher the expectations. There's no guarantee he's going to deliver.
The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.