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Coach K refutes Team USA gig benefits Duke

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the notion that coaching USA Basketball gives him a recruiting advantage is "utterly ridiculous." In his first news conference since leading the U.S. men's national team to gold in the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Krzyzewski pushed back against points raised by a Yahoo! Sports column published Monday. As the head coach of the national...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gators coach Billy Donovan provides early assessment of 2014-15 team

ATLANTA -- Billy Donovan doesn't do a lot of Gator clubs. Only two a year. When he does do them, however, the fans eat it up. Take Monday night, for example. Donovan's first of two summer tour stops was at the Cobb Galleria Centre, site of the Atlanta Gator Club gathering, where a standing ovation awaited. The last time he played to this many Florida fans in this city, the...
Via Fox Sports Florida
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Check Out This Florida “SEC Animation” Clip

The launch of the SEC Network means a ton of content about the conference’s 14 member schools. Today, ESPN and the SEC Network are rolling out custom “animations” for each SEC school, which feature iconic coaches, players, fans, traditions, and campus buildings, to make them unique. Florida’s clip features images from The Swamp, Billy Donovan, Albert Gator, and various other...
Via College Spun
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas, UConn highlight Gators non-conference schedule

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida basketball team won a school-record 30 in a row, went an unprecedented 21-0 against Southeastern Conference competition and lost just three games all last season. Two of those losses came against Connecticut, including a bitter defeat in the Final Four. 
The fact the Huskies were good enough to knock off one of UF all-time greatest teams twice proved...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida's DeVon Walker tears ACL, will miss upcoming season

Billy Donovan will be without many of his key players from last season’s team in 2014-15 with the departure of four seniors. He’ll be without one of his top returning players, too.  Florida junior guard DeVon Walker tore his ACL and will miss the 2014-15 season, sources told Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports.  Florida wing DeVon Walker tore his ACL and is expected to miss the 2014...
Via College Spun
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Florida's Chris Walker posts intimidating pic

Okay, Chris Walker, we get it. You’re jacked.  The Florida sophomore forward’s athleticism is well displayed. In mid-June, Walker posted a photo of himself dunking, in which his head appeared to be above the rim.  Walker is back at it with the impressive pictures. The following one is much more intimidating than it is reveling, though.  Walker struggled to see the floor...
Via College Spun
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Louisville’s Rick Pitino Says Florida’s Billy Donovan, Hands Down, Is The Best Coach In College Basketball

Who’s the best coach in college basketball?  According to ESPN, it’s Billy Donovan. For roughly the past month, ESPN.com has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball. Last week, it revealed the top of its ranking, which had Florida’s Donovan at No. 1 and Kentucky’s John Calipari at No. 2.  Rick Pitino agrees with ESPN. The Louisville coach says he would have...
Via College Spun
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Names Florida’s Billy Donovan Best Coach In CBB, Ranks Kentucky’s John Calipari No. 2

The Southeastern Conference might be a football league, but according to ESPN, it’s also home to the country’s two best college basketball coaches.  For roughly the past month, ESPN.com has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball. Today, they revealed who is No. 1 on the list. It’s Florida’s Billy Donovan. Who’s No. 2? Kentucky’s John Calipari.  ESPN...
Via College Spun
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wilbekin doesn't think Donovan will leave Florida

Billy Donovan has long been rumored as a potential candidate for NBA jobs. Each offseason, the Florida coach seems to be mentioned on lists filled with possible replacements for fired NBA coaches.  The rumors have again been present this offseason. Donovan, 49, says he’s committed to the Gators but won’t “guarantee” a return to Gainesville for the 2014-15 season.  “I...
Via College Spun
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Florida planning $45M renovation for O'Connell Center

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When Amanda Butler talks about the O'Connell Center, her words come from the heart. Butler was a standout basketball player for the Florida women's team and made some very big shots during the 1990s on the O'Dome floor. She later walked the stage for graduation there, served as a Gators assistant there and for the last seven seasons has won a huge...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan still in contact with Cleveland Cavaliers

Billy Donovan has remained in contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers in regards to their head coaching vacancy. Sources say that nobody connected to the process believes he is comfortable enough to make the leap from Florida to the Cavaliers.
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Donovan In Contact With Cavs But Not Expected To Leave Florida

Billy Donovan has remained in contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers in regards to their head coaching vacancy. Sources say that nobody connected to the process believes he is comfortable enough to make the leap from Florida to the Cavaliers. Donovan accepted a head coaching position with the Orlando Magic in 2007, but quickly decided to change his mind to remain at Florida.
Via RealGM
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Watch Florida Raise Its 2014 Final Four Banner To The Rafters At The O’Connell Center

Florida made it to the Final Four this past season, though some would say the team underachieved. The Gators were the No. 1 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, but Billy Donovan’s squad fell in an upset to eventual champion Connecticut in a national semifinal contest, 63-53.  Today, Florida raised its 2014 Final Four banner to the rafters at the O’Connell Center in Gainesville...
Via College Spun
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan Makes No Guarantee He’s Returning To Florida

Florida head basketball coach, Billy Donovan’s name has been linked to several NBA vacancies this year and in season’s past. Although he hasn’t made the leap yet, that doesn’t mean he’s completely ruling it out. When asked at SEC meetings recently, Donovan said he plans on returning to Florida, but will not make any guarantees. ¨I think when you start making guarantees...
Via BlackSportsOnline
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Donovan: Basketball Part Of NBA Intriguing

Billy Donovan signed a three-year extension in February with Florida that runs through the 18-19 season. Donovan was contacted by the Cleveland Cavaliers for their head coaching vacancy and though he appears likely to stay at Florida, he admits to being intrigued by the NBA. "All I can say is I love Florida, I'm happy here, (athletic director Jeremy Foley's) been great...
Via RealGM
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Donovan: There’s no guarantee that I'm staying at Florida

For the past few weeks, University of Florida head basketball coach Billy Donovan has been linked to several NBA teams.  Donovan, who led his squad to the Final Four this past season, has flirted with the NBA before. Donovan agreed to coach the Orlando Magic back in 2007 before changing his mind and head back to Gainesville. While speaking at the SEC meetings this week, Donovan...
Via No Guts, No Glory
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan Won’t Guarantee Return To Florida Next Season, Says The NBA Intrigues Him

It’s not time for Florida to start looking for a new men’s basketball coach, but it might be soon. Each offseason, it seems as if Billy Donovan is rumored as a potential candidate for an NBA job. And every year, Donovan blows off the league and returns to Gainesville. The rumors are present once again, only this time, they might hold some serious weight.  Amid NBA interest...
Via College Spun
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan won't guarantee return to Florida

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) -- Florida coach Billy Donovan won't guarantee he will be back next season. It's not because he doesn't want to make that promise. It's because he doesn't want to break it. Donovan reiterated at the Southeastern Conference's annual spring meetings Tuesday that he's committed to the Gators, but left open the possibility of jumping to the...
Via Fox Sports Florida
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan offers no guarantee on future with Gators

Gators coach Billy Donovan reiterated Tuesday that he fully plans to return to UF next season, despite drawing interest from NBA teams. Donovan also would not fully close the door on moving on to NBA. Last Thursday, Donovan told reporters he had spoken to a couple of teams about their coaching vacancies, but would not offer specifics. At the SEC Spring Meetings, Donovan explained...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: SI’s Chris Mannix Thinks Billy Donovan Would Leave Florida For The Cleveland Cavaliers, If Offered

Just last week, we heard from Florida head coach Billy Donovan that he was content to stay signed on with the Gators for the foreseeable future, despite having some conversations with NBA teams about openings. Today, on Dan Patrick’s radio show, Sports Illustrated NBA reporter Chris Mannix sang a different tune. Mannix believes that if the Cleveland Cavaliers, who reportedly are...
Via College Spun
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Cavaliers, Timberwolves Contact Billy Donovan About Head Coach Openings

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves are two of the NBA teams that have contacted Billy Donovan about their open head coaching positions. Donovan revealed in an interview that he has heard from NBA teams but is committed to stay with Florida. The Cavaliers have reached out to experienced coaches such as Lionel Hollins and George Karl while searching the college ranks.
Via RealGM
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan, The NBA, And What Jeremy Foley’s Plan Should Be

Billy Donovan has spoken with NBA teams about coaching, but has no plans of leaving the Florida Gators. We have a plan for Jeremy Foley.
Via Gamedayr
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Cavs reach out to Billy Donovan

The Cleveland Cavaliers have contacted Florida coach Billy Donovan about their coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN.com. Donovan said Thursday that several NBA teams had called him about openings in recent days but that he still plans to be with the Gators next season. He declined to specify which teams called -- Detroit, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota, New York...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Cavs have contacted Billy Donovan about coaching vacancy

There haven’t been enough Cavs head coach rumors over the last few days, ya know. That’s why our good friend Brian Windhorst is back with the scoop du jour: The Cavaliers have reportedly contacted Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan. That’s the report per Windhorst’s sources. Donovan admitted that some NBA teams have called him about their vacancies, but he didn’t...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Cavs Reach Out To Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan

ESPN is reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers are among a handful of teams that have reached out to Florida’s Billy Donovan about their head coaching position. Donovan said Thursday that several NBA teams had called him about openings in recent days but that he’s currently still plans on being with the Gators next season. “I have spoken to a couple NBA teams, and that’s...
Via Thacover2
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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