Report: Donovan wants out of Orlando
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – According to a report, Billy Donovan is trying
to get out of his contract with the Orlando Magic and return to the University
Fox Sports, citing two sources close to the situation, reported that Donovan
has contacted the Magic in an attempt to get out of his contract he signed on
Thursday. The site reports that Donovan was forced into a rash decision and
would like to return to the Gator program he led to the second of consecutive
national titles this past season.
Donovan was introduced as the newest head coach of the Magic on Friday. He
signed a reported five-year deal worth $27.5 million.
Speculation grew of Donovan’s weariness over the weekend when Florida athletic
director Jeremy Foley didn’t meet with lead candidate Anthony Grant, the
current head coach at VCU.
In Gainesville, Donovan compiled a 261-103 mark over 11 seasons, leading the
Gators to the national championship the last two years and a championship
game appearance in 2000.
Earlier this offseason, he turned down a lucrative offer to become the head
coach at the University of Kentucky, but apparently the opportunity in the NBA
was too much for him to pass up — that was until now.
In 13 years of collegiate coaching, which included two years at Marshall
before joining the Gators, Donovan compiled a 296-123 record.
In Orlando, he would replace Brian Hill, who was fired on May 23 after
two consecutive losing seasons and a sweep at the hands of the Detroit
Pistons in the first round of the playoffs this season.