Thursday , Apr , 05 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Donovan staying at Florida

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Florida men’s basketball coach Billy
Donovan will remain just that, after much speculation that he would leave the
program he has built into a national power to take over at SEC rival

Donovan officially announced his decision to stay at a press conference on
Thursday afternoon.

“It’s all about where you’re at in life and what’s going to make you happy,”
Donovan said. “I’m happy here at Florida. I love the University of Florida.”

Donovan has guided the Gators to back-to-back national championships, becoming
the first program to accomplish the feat since Duke in 1991 and ’92. Rumors
during the last two weekends of the NCAA Tournament said Kentucky was waiting
for Florida’s season to end to offer Donovan its head coaching vacancy.

The Kentucky program has a storied history and has been the premier basketball
school in the SEC, but Florida has clearly eclipsed Kentucky in the latter
category thanks to Donovan.

A former Kentucky assistant under Rick Pitino from 1989 through ’94, Donovan
has spent the last 11 years at Florida after two seasons as the head coach at

The Gators have amassed a record of 261-103 under Donovan, including a mark of
33-5 this past season. Florida has made nine straight trips to the NCAA
Tournament and has advanced to the Final Four three times during his tenure.