Here We Go Again: Billy Donovan to Leave Florida for Kentucky – Or Will He?

Billy Donovan Resigning - Leaving Florida for KentuckyEarlier today, our Link of the Day sent you over to Sparty and Friends for a rumor that Billy Gillespie would be fired at Kentucky and replaced by Billy Donovan.

A report this afternoon at MyFox Orlando is confirming that rumor, and we tip our hats again to Sparty for alerting us to the latest Billy Donovan-to-Kentucky report.

Update 3:50 – Gary Parrish of CBS Sports is now reporting that Billy Donovan WILL NOT leave Florida for Kentucky or any other job. No link for this story yet, but I’ll provide one as soon as it is available.

Update 4:00 – Trolling the Kentucky message boards I just read that Donovan also released a statement saying he was “committed to the University of Florida”. Some still are not convinced that means he won’t end up in Lexington, but the earlier report from MyFox Orlando is certainly appearing less and less true by the minute.

Update 4:15 – Thanks to Sparty for the tip on this one too, the statement released by Donovan in response to the Kentucky rumors. From GatorSports.com:

“In response to the rumors circulating about my interest in other jobs, I wanted to address this as quickly as possible,” Donovan said in a statement. “I am committed to the University of Florida and look forward to continuing to build our program here.”

Hmm…if that’s the entire statement I can’t say it convinces me wholeheartedly that Donovan will be in Gainesville next year. We’ve heard the “I’m committed to XYZ School” utterance before. It is often followed by a press conference soon thereafter introducing said coach at another school. We’ll see. For now, it sounds like Donovan is trying to slow down the rumor mill, but there is no language in that statement (at least that part of it) that suggests he is totally ruling out Kentucky as a possibility.


According to the report at MyFox Orlando, Billy Donovan will resign as Florida’s head basketball coach and subsequently accept the same position at Kentucky. The University of Kentucky has held a 4:00 PM press conference to announce the firing of Billy Gillespie.

The persistent rumor I’ve been reading is that current VCU coach Anthony Grant would be on the short list of replacement candidates for Florida. Grant was also mentioned a few years ago when Donovan had his I will, I won’t about face with the Orlando Magic job after winning his second straight National Championship in Gainesville. Donovan accepted the position, only to back out a few days later.

Since then, Billy Donovan has yet to take Florida back to the NCAA Tournament. After going 68-11 with two National Championships in 2005-06 and 2006-07, the Gators have been 49-23 over the last two seasons. For his career, Billy Donovan has a 345-146 record at Florida and Marshall. He has led the Gators to at least the Sweet 16 four teams, winning the two titles and losing in the 2001 championship game.

There have long been rumors about Kentucky wanting Donovan, in no small part because of Donovan’s connection to former Kentucky coach Rick Pitino. Donovan played for Pitino at Providence, reaching the Final Four in 1987, and was an assistant with Pitino in Lexington from 1989-1994.

Kentucky is obviously hoping that Donovan can help the program return to prominence after fading for the latter part of this decade. Billy Gillespie went 40-26 in two seasons, reaching the NCAA Tournament as an 11 seed last year and missing the tournament this season. By contract, Kentucky was 44-25 in the last two seasons under Tubby Smith, but made the tournament as an 8 seed both seasons and won first round games both seasons.

Kentucky had hoped that Gillespie could help the program add to its 7 National Championships, but Gillespie never seemed to get comfortable in Lexington and fans certainly never got comfortable with him.

If Billy Donovan does indeed accept the Kentucky job, he will be only the 7th head basketball coach at Kentucky since Adolph Rupp took the job in 1931.

Is Kentucky better off with Billy Donovan than Billy Gillespie?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...


About Jerod Morris

I love words. I write for Copyblogger and founded MSF, The Assembly Call, & Primility. I practice yoga, eat well, & strive for balance. I love life. Namaste. Say hi on Twitter, Facebook, & G+.

Comments

  1. Delusional, always delusional, Kentucky fans.

  2. Sparty and Friends nails another college coaching story.

  3. A devoted Kentucky Fan! says:

    Yeah in one way I felt that KY did not give Billy G enough time to prove himself, yet I also feel that he needed to grow up and stay out of the spotlight. He needed to be seen as a well respected man, not a partying person with no morals. I do think deep in my heart that Billy Donovan will be moving his wife and four kids to Kentucky. I think that we are going to lose 2 of our 3 new recruits for next season because of this and yet I am too the point of not caring anymore. I think that Kentucky basketball is going to go down the drain if we don’t get someone in here that knows what they are doing! I think that Billy Donovan is the man for the job! But the question is will that man accept the job laid out before him. I am sure that Kentucky is going to offer him more per season than they did Gillispie and that could be because of notarity! I firmly believe in Kentucky Basketball and I think that all the kinks will be worked out by this time next week! GO CATS!!!

  4. Hey guys, Billy Donovan cannot even discuss another college job without written permission from UF athletic director Jeremy Foley. Furthermore, if he leaves without being fired, he owes UF $500,000 or the remaining pay of his assistants.

    • @Chad, at this point, I don’t think there is anything too the Donovan-to-UK rumors (although I still wouldn’t be surprised if it somehow happened), but I doubt that either of the reasons you mentioned would totally prohibit a move.

      First, I would think that if Donovan asked for permission to talk with Kentucky that Foley would give it. Perhaps I’m wrong, considering UK is in the same conference, but Foley likely would allow him to talk to Kentucky just to keep the peace.

      And with respect to the money, I think Kentucky would take care of that in a heartbeat. It is common practice for a coach’s new team to take care of his buyout or other financial obligations that result from his leaving.

      Still, with all that said, I think Kentucky is moving onto plans B and C.

  5. If you spelled Gillispie right I might think of you as a credible source…

    • @Kevin, first off all, NEVER think of us as a credible source. We just make this stuff up as we go.

      Just kidding.

      Good call on the Gillispie name spelling. I goofed.

  6. I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content in your case? I wouldn’t mind writing a post or elaborating on many of the subjects you write related to here. Again, awesome site!

  7. [url=http://fastcashloans.loan/]fastcash loans[/url] [url=http://chatporn.top/]discover more[/url] [url=http://freeadultvideochat.top/]adult porn movie show[/url] [url=http://howtomakemoneyingta5.top/]how to make money in gta 5[/url]

  8. Hi there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and
    found that it is really informative. I’m gonna watch out for
    brussels. I’ll be grateful if you continue this
    in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing.
    Cheers!

  9. Hack again?!

  10. Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon everyday.
    It will always be helpful to read through content from other authors and practice something from their web sites.

  11. I’m gone to say to my little brother, that he should also
    visit this weblog on regular basis to obtain updated from newest information.

  12. It’s going to be ending of mine day, except before ending I am reading this great paragraph to improve my knowledge.

  13. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could
    do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit,
    but instead of that, this is great blog. A great read. I will certainly be
    back.

  14. Hello, its nice article on the topic of media print, we all know media is a fantastic source of facts.

  15. Great weblog right here! Also your web site loads up fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate hyperlink on your
    host? I want my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  16. What’s up to every one, the contents existing at this website are genuinely amazing for people knowledge, well, keep up the good work fellows.

  17. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well
    written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and
    come back to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post.
    I will definitely return.

  18. Hi there! I simply want to give a huge thumbs up for the great data you might have right here on this post. I might be coming back to your weblog for more soon.

  19. What i don’t understood is if truth be told how you’re now not actually much more smartly-preferred than you might be right now. You’re so intelligent. You know therefore significantly in relation to this topic, made me in my view consider it from so many various angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be involved except it’s one thing to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your individual stuffs nice. At all times take care of it up!

  20. Hello are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up my own. Do you need any html coding expertise to make your own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  21. Good way of describing, and pleasant piece of
    writing to take data about my presentation subject, which i am
    going to convey in college. Gamefly 3 month free trial

  22. Good day! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing
    very good gains. If you know of any please share.
    Thank you!

  23. I’ve been browsing online greater than three hours nowadays, but I never discovered any interesting article like yours. It’s lovely value enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made excellent content as you probably did, the net shall be a lot more useful than ever before.

  24. Hi there very cool web site!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Superb .. I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds also…I am happy to search out numerous useful info right here in the publish, we’d like work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing.

  25. Hey there I am so delighted I found your website, I really
    found you by error, while I was browsing on Digg for something else, Anyhow I am
    here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for a incredible post and a all round entertaining blog
    (I also love the theme/design), I don’t
    have time to go through it all at the minute but I have saved it and also included your RSS
    feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do
    keep up the great jo.

  26. z4dtS5 Really appreciate you sharing this article post.Much thanks again. Want more.

  27. Get the newest game hacks for Android & iOS here http://androidhacksgames.com/

  28. online football games Chelsea hold won online football games systematically in bets. Cross to the brain give or return it on their behalf.

  29. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, let alone the content!

  30. You are a very clever individual!

  31. wow, awesome blog article. Much obliged.

  32. Very exciting points you have observed, appreciate this for adding. Great may be the art regarding beginning, but greater will be the art of ending. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

  33. I seriously get pleasure from your posts. Thank you

  34. You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  35. You created some decent points there. I looked on line for that concern and located most of the people will go coupled with with all of your web site.

  36. A round of applause for your article post.Really thank you! Really Great.

  37. thank you for this post, I am a big fan of this site would like to keep updated.

  38. There is noticeably a lot of funds comprehend this. I assume you have made certain good points in functions also.

  39. It’s truly very difficult in this full of activity life
    to listen news on Television, thus I only use the web for that purpose, and take
    the hottest news.

  40. Hey, thanks for the blog article.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  41. Thanks a lot for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  42. is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem.

  43. You ave made some decent points there. I checked on the web for additional information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.

  44. It as not that I want to replicate your website, but I really like the layout. Could you let me know which style are you using? Or was it custom made?

  45. pretty handy material, overall I consider this is worthy of a bookmark, thanks

  46. Wow, great article.Really thank you! Great.

  47. Thanks for sharing this fine write-up. Very interesting ideas! (as always, btw)

  48. I see something truly interesting about your blog so I saved to fav.

  49. Thank you for your blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  50. Thanks-a-mundo for the blog article.Much thanks again. Great.

  51. Well I sincerely liked reading it. This post procured by you is very useful for proper planning.

  52. There as definately a lot to learn about this issue. I love all the points you have made.

  53. You are my aspiration , I own few blogs and sometimes run out from to post.

  54. Thank you for your blog.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  55. Tirage gratuit des tarots de belline horoscope du jour gratuit

  56. Very good blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  57. wow, awesome article post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

  58. There is certainly a lot to find out about this topic. I like all of the points you have made.

  59. very few web sites that take place to become detailed beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well really worth checking out

  60. Thanks for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  61. What kind of digicam was used? That is a really good good quality.

  62. Informative and precise Its difficult to find informative and accurate information but here I noted

  63. Tirage gratuit des cartes divinatoires logiciel astrologie mac

  64. Very good blog post. I absolutely love this site. Thanks!

  65. I think this is a real great blog article.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  66. Just Browsing While I was surfing today I noticed a excellent article concerning

  67. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell
    and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the
    shell to her ear and screamed. There was
    a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this
    is totally off topic but I had to tell someone!

  68. Thanks so much for the article post. Want more.

  69. Having read this I thought it was extremely informative.

    I appreciate you finding the time and effort to put
    this informative article together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time
    both reading and leaving comments. But so what,
    it was still worth it!

  70. Enjoyed every bit of your article post.Thanks Again. Great.

  71. your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will certainly return.

  72. A round of applause for your blog post.Really looking forward to read more.

  73. This text is worth everyone as attention. Where can I find out more?

  74. I value the blog.Really thank you! Will read on

  75. Enjoyed every bit of your post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  76. This is one awesome blog. Great.

  77. You made some nice points there. I looked on the internet for the topic and found most people will go along with with your blog.

  78. Very good article post.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

  79. Wow, great article.Much thanks again. Will read on

  80. I cannot thank you enough for the blog post.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  81. wow, awesome post.Really looking forward to read more.

  82. A round of applause for your article post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

  83. Incredible story there. What happened after? Take care!

  84. Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog article. Really Cool.

  85. You made some good points there. I did a search on the issue and found most individuals will go along with with your site.

  86. Very good blog.Much thanks again. Great.

  87. respective fascinating content. Make sure you update this

  88. Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful post. Many thanks for providing this info.

  89. valuable know-how regarding unpredicted feelings.

  90. I’ve been surfing online more than 4 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.

    It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all website
    owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be much more useful
    than ever before.

  91. Major thanks for the article.Much thanks again. Really Cool.

  92. I loved your blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  93. Some truly interesting details you have written.Aided me a lot, just what I was looking for .

  94. I value the article.Thanks Again. Awesome.

  95. This particular blog is obviously educating and factual. I have picked up a bunch of useful advices out of this amazing blog. I ad love to return again soon. Thanks a lot!

  96. Simply wanna input that you have a very nice web site , I love the style and design it actually stands out.

  97. Very good blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on

  98. Thanks so much and I am taking a look forward to touch you.

  99. Thanks for the article post. Awesome.

  100. Great article.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  101. You ave made some really good points there. I looked on the internet for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this web site.

  102. What as up to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more from this website, and your views are good in support of new visitors.

  103. Regards for helping out, fantastic information. It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. by J. K. Rowling.

  104. This very blog is without a doubt awesome as well as informative. I have found helluva helpful tips out of it. I ad love to return over and over again. Cheers!

  105. you make blogging glance What host are you using? Can I am getting your associate link on your host? I want site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  106. Hey, thanks for the blog.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  107. wow, awesome article.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  108. wow, awesome blog article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  109. Very neat blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  110. It’s very easy to find out any matter on net as compared to books,
    as I found this post at this web page.

  111. Very good article post.Really thank you! Great.

  112. Very good blog.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on

  113. Thank you ever so for you blog post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

  114. Thanks for sharing such a nice thought, article is fastidious, thats why
    i have read it entirely

  115. I went over this site and I believe you have a lot of good info , bookmarked (:.

  116. Im thankful for the article post.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  117. internet slowing down How can I drive more traffic to my railroad blog?

  118. It as difficult to find well-informed people in this particular subject, however, you seem like you know what you are talking about! Thanks

  119. Really enjoyed this blog. Cool.

  120. Great post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed! Very useful info specifically the last part :) I care for such info much. I was looking for this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

  121. Right now it appears like Movable Type is the top blogging platform out there right now. (from what I ave read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

  122. Hello, I enjoy reading through your article.
    I wanted to write a little comment to support you.

  123. Very neat article.Much thanks again. Want more.

  124. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is magnificent, let alone the content!

  125. Really clear website , appreciate it for this post.

  126. Wow,Fantastic article,it’s so helpful to me,and your blog is very good,I’ve learned a lot from your blog here,Keep on going,my friend,I will keep an eye on it,One more thing,thanks for your post!welcome to [url=healcare.info]Mental and Elemental Nutrients[/url].

  127. It?s hard to seek out knowledgeable individuals on this matter, but you sound like you know what you?re talking about! Thanks

  128. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is magnificent, as well as the content!

  129. I’d like to find out more? I’d love to find out some additional information.

  130. I loved your article post.Much thanks again. Much obliged.

  131. If you wish for to grow your know-how only keep visiting this web site and be updated
    with the most recent news posted here.

  132. Really appreciate you sharing this blog article.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  133. Thanks-a-mundo for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Really Great.

  134. Many thanks for sharing this first-class article. Very interesting ideas! (as always, btw)

  135. Very nice work with the entry. A lot readers would see it in the same light as well and honestly agree with your point.

  136. Greetings, have tried to subscribe to this websites rss feed but I am having a bit of a problem. Can anyone kindly tell me what to do?’

  137. Im grateful for the article post.Thanks Again. Great.

  138. Major thankies for the blog article.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  139. Auts Technology Company Limited, a Cummins power unit leader in China, is a company who has been engaged in researching and developing Cummins engine power unit for more than 10 years, we design, manufacture Cummins diesel and natural gas engine power unit, including Cummins mining explosion-proof diesel engine power unit!welcome to [url=http://www.auts-power.com]cummins engine[/url].

  140. Online Article Every so often in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed above are the latest sites that we choose

  141. I truly appreciate this post. I ave been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thx again!

  142. Today, while I was at work, my sister stole my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she
    can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and
    she has 83 views. I know this is completely off topic but I had to share
    it with someone!

  143. If some one wants expert view regarding running a blog afterward i propose him/her to visit this web site,
    Keep up the good work.

  144. Perfectly written content, Really enjoyed studying.

  145. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all
    is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost
    a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100% sure.
    Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks

  146. This website was how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that helped me. Thank you!

  147. You could definitely see your skills in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.

  148. wow, awesome blog article.Really thank you! Fantastic.

  149. The authoritative message , is tempting

  150. Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Thank you

  151. Thanks For This Blog, was added to my bookmarks.

  152. we came across a cool website that you just may possibly delight in. Take a search when you want

  153. Really appreciate you sharing this article post.Much thanks again. Cool.

  154. I want to encourage you to continue your great posts, have a nice holiday weekend!

  155. Wow! Thank you! I continually wanted to write on my website something like that. Can I implement a part of your post to my website?

  156. that matches all of your pursuits and wishes. On a website primarily based courting earth-wide-internet

  157. Merely wanna remark that you have a very nice web site , I like the pattern it actually stands out.

  158. Los orígenes de la BSH datan en 1983 cuando BSH adquirió la empresa Safel S.A. y posteriormente, en 1989, la marca Balay S.A. Safel era un grupo navarro formado en los años 80 a partir del Grupo Orbaiceta y Balay era un fabricante de electrodomésticos radicado en Zaragoza. En AT18 también somos su solución si necesita comprar recambios originales Bosch en Badalona.

  159. This is one awesome post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  160. Auts Technology Company Limited, a Cummins power unit leader in China, is a company who has been engaged in researching and developing Cummins engine power unit for more than 10 years, we design, manufacture Cummins diesel and natural gas engine power unit, including Cummins mining explosion-proof diesel engine power unit!welcome to [url=http://www.auts-power.com]cummins parts[/url].

  161. Proporcionar servicios de asistencia jurídica, apoyo ypromoción, para la tutela de los derechos de los menores,así como para la readaptación social de personas que han llevado a cabo conductas ilícitas. Otorgar en concurso abierto al público en general y conbase en la capacidad académica del candidato, becas para cursar estudios en escuelas con reconocimiento validez oficial. M.General: .995.204; M.Centro: 1.292.733; M.Comunidad: 1.292.731; M.Extrarradio: 6.471.400; Tlf/Fax: 6.800.885.

  162. I truly appreciate this blog article.Thanks Again. Will read on…

  163. Really enjoyed this blog.Much thanks again. Awesome.

  164. Of course, what a fantastic website and informative posts, I definitely will bookmark your site.All the Best!

  165. I really like and appreciate your blog.Really looking forward to read more. Fantastic.

  166. Really appreciate you sharing this article post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  167. Im grateful for the blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

  168. Wow, great blog post.Much thanks again. Want more.

  169. Thank you ever so for you blog.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

  170. Nice weblog here! Additionally your website a lot up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I am getting your associate hyperlink on your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  171. I loved your article.Really thank you! Really Great.

  172. Thanks again for the blog post.Thanks Again. Really Great.

  173. Im obliged for the blog.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

Trackbacks

  1. […] Commercial * NESW Sports Blue Jackets Goalie Steve Mason: Rookie Sensation * Josh Q. Public Looks Like Billy Donovan May Be Kentucky Bound * Midwest Sports Fans Greatest Dunks Compilation * A Stern Warning Kobe Bryant And Wife Deny Maid […]

Speak Your Mind