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Why would Donovan leave Florida where he is pretty much Rick Pitino and Adolph Rupp of Florida. UK just chased a coach who won 20+ games a year, 10 straight NCAA appearances, won a national championship in his tenure there. And it's not like Florida is desperate for money. He played with Pitino at PROVIDENCE not Kentucky. Why would he be busting down the door for a job when he's got a really nice one currently that doesnt include the fish bowl affect that Kentucky does?
Like Rich left Alabama standing wondering WTH happened? I thought EVERYONE would kill to coach here?
I think Donovan may use UK to leverage some things and get a bit nicer deal but he wont leave.
Heard this a.m. on ESPN Radio that Billy D. could end up coaching the Miami Heat if FLA wins another championship. Can't remember which talking head spilled that rumor, it was during the Mike & Mike show.
Sorry this is the Billy to UK thread, no negative remarks towards the UK program or Billy not coming to UK.
- do not say Billy is definitely coming to UK (you will jinx them)
- do not say that Billy will stay at Florida (because theres a good chance he will stay and if everyone says he will stay then it might happen)
- do not say that Billy will go to the NBA (UK > Miami Heat or NBA, most people consider the NBA better than college, do not mention this because again it could jinx UK)
- even if you don't have a religion, please pray at least before you go to bed that you will wake up with Billy Donavan (as a coach, perverts)
Feel free to add to the rules as long as they don't alter any of the previous, and don't trigger any act of jinxing.
I'm not saying that I don't think he'll go to UK, it seems as if he will, I just don't understand why. He's building Florida into a national power house. I could understand him leaving to coach the Heat though.
He has a chance to put his own very personal stamp on one of the top two or three basketball programs in the history of college basketball.
If he goes to UK, he'll be successful there. The man can flat-out recruit and evaluate talent, and with the cachet that comes along with the Kentucky basketball program (cachet that Tubby was unable to harness) he'll have Kentucky back to dominating the SEC.
As good as he's recruiting at Florida, he'll do even better with the University of Kentucky stamp at the top of the letterhead.
The argument I NEVER understood about why Billy wouldn't want to go to UK: "He has it made at Florida - he is winning and doesn't have any pressure to do anything!" Some have said the same, to a lesser extent, about Rick Barnes at Texas as well. Both in recruiting groundswells, both not in a high-pressure situation though they have successful seasons.... and both are second fiddle by a LONGSHOT to football. Not EVERYONE wants to rest on their laurels and be content at a "low-pressure" job... just saying.
Last night's rumor that "escaped" is almost completely factual from the info I know, and I would go as far as to say that some people don't mind it "getting out" - what with all the top recruits in the state for an all-star game. I do not think WLEX and some of the other news outlets should have presented it as fact as they did; that was foolhardy. Florida does have more time to get the money together to pay him, but fact is, they will most likely not have the sources to match his UK offer AND give the raise that will assuredly HAVE to be given to Urban Meyer who is the one coaching Florida's cash cow.
If it's Donovan, and I STRONGLY think the deal has been made already, we are going to know Wednesday of next week. Eight days.
Nick Calathes has already signed his LOI so UF would have to release him from it. Not saying that they wouldn't because of the impact it may have on future recruits. But If they indeed lose thier coach to UK, they might want to play hardball with the 5 star PG and not let him go to thier rival UK as well. Just my opinion though.
4 out of 3 people have trouble with fractions.
Don't know if any of you have been reading the Florida message board, but they are in a bigger pandemonium than Kentucky. Scout.com's board has very little having to do with the game against UCLA. Its all about whether Billy leaves for Kentucky or not.
I personally hope that for Kentucky's sale that the rumor is not true. As much as I would love to get Billy, I do think it is very classless to be talking contract trying to lure a coach away during the NCAA tournament. I could be wrong, but that is JMHO.