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According to Sportsline. Florida's coach leaving to become Orlando's new head coach.
http://cbs.sportsline.com/
I'd guess he gets total control of the organization and within 3 years he's back in college.





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    I'd guess he gets total control of the organization and within 3 years he's back in college.


....thirty-six million dollars richer. If he wins, he cements himself further. If it doesn't work, he got a giant payday and the keys to another D1 heavyweight in 10 seconds.

But Orlando's a good situation for Donovan, considering they have Howard, a solid overall rebuilding project and cap flexibility after next year.




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As a Gators fan this pains me, but I do think he might a good decision going to Orlando. Josh mentioned the reasons Orlando is a good option. Also the Gators fans won't be as angry for him going to a NBA team than another college team. Also he'll be just a few hours from Gainesville so he'll still be loved in Florida. Orlando might even get some new fans from the Gator faithful. Plus losing your six best players is a good time to move on.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.71
    Originally posted by edoug
    \I'd guess he gets total control of the organization and within 3 years he's back in college.



Or maybe within a week and a half:

ESPN sources: Donovan wants out of Orlando deal (sports.espn.go.com)

IF this story is true, the ball is in Orlando's court as to wether or not Billy gets to go back to Gainesville, though if it's true, I can't see Orlando keeping him on.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
And now:

http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/6883162

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Magic will let Donovan out of the deal.

This is really strange. The article say it's just because Donovan didn't have enough time to think about the deal, but you have to wonder if he didn't find out some bad news in Orlando or something.
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It's very strange. It has been rumored that he had been working on the deal behind the scenes for the past few weeks.

I don't know what to think about this. As a college hoops fan - I'm happy that a top-flight coach is staying in college. As a UK fan, I'm happy that Donovan stays - if Gillispie does what I hope/think he'll do in Lexington I want him to beat the best at full strength to do it.

On the other hand - he did sign a contract and he is "responsible for molding young men"; what kind of message does this send to the guys that he coaches if he backs out of a contract because he changes his mind. What do they learn about honoring commitment and keeping their word? (Mind you, I'm admittedly weak on that argument, but there is some validity somewhere.) This also should kill any chances of him ever coaching in the NBA - which could work in his favor on the recruiting trail. Recruits won't have to worry about him jumping to the NBA because he can say "the NBA won't touch me with a 10 foot pole".

I'll give him some credit for turning down $5.5 million, but then again that's easy to do when you're rumored to be about to sign an $3.5 millon contract. Once you're earning that much money it's easy to argue that the heacaches of the NBA aren't worth the extra after-tax cash.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.99
    Originally posted by Rudoublesedoublel
    On the other hand - he did sign a contract and he is "responsible for molding young men"; what kind of message does this send to the guys that he coaches if he backs out of a contract because he changes his mind. What do they learn about honoring commitment and keeping their word? (Mind you, I'm admittedly weak on that argument, but there is some validity somewhere.)


I certainly agree that ethics ought to come into the equation at some point, but that ship's indeed sailed - and I think Nick Saban is the Magellan of big time college coaches on that point. As long as you have high-roller alumni that demand athletic victories to brag about, coaches have the power to squeeze whatever they can out of the system. At least Donovan is giving up bigger bucks in this case, which is maybe the most surprising aspect?





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He did prove to me that it was not about the money, but he is still an unprofessional little girl for doing this. If it was that hard to make up your mind, then you never really wanted to go in the first place. As a KY fan, I would have been glad to have him, but am almost relieved that to not get him. It would be a repeat of Pitino's last few years at KY, never knowing if he would bail at any moment.

The Magic sold 200 season tickets the day he was announced as the coach. They look like idiots now, and that franchise did not need more bad publicity after a poor season.




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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.97
    Originally posted by kentish
    They look like idiots now, and that franchise did not need more bad publicity after a poor season.

I was with you until the "poor season" part. After all, they did make the playoffs this year (and didn't make it last year.. or the year before that.. or the year before that).

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Perhaps I should say "disappointing"? Weren't they an 8 seed, and below .500? True, it is better to make the playoffs than not, but doing so with a losing record can't be too much better than a "poor" season. I guess it is at least a step in the right direction for them.

I am a Lakers fan, and losing in the 1st round 2 years in a row is disappointing, even if they did make the playoffs.




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And now comes rumor that Mr. Van Gundy ain't gonna coach there either.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.62
    Originally posted by Eddie Famous
    And now comes rumor that Mr. Van Gundy ain't gonna coach there either.

According to ESPN, Van Gundy spurns he Kings and is going to coach the Magic.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2895929

Another stop in the NBA Merry-Go-Round.



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