Somewhere Andy Katz Is Fuming

Pat Forde too because both these guys had whatever it is that they do when college basketball is not being played interrupted to write all of those nice “Billy Donovan Agonized Over Leaving Florida” articles for Apparently Donovan was more agonized than even they knew since he has apparently changed his mind.

The Orlando Magic today will allow Billy Donovan out of his 5-year, $27.5 million contract that he signed on Friday.

“It’s over,” said a source close to the situation.

Donovan had reservations about leaving the Florida Gators for the NBA on Friday and spent all weekend trying to find a way to get out of his contract. On Saturday, Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith went to Gainesville to try to convince Donovan to honor the deal. Smith talked with Donovan again on Sunday, and so did Magic President Bob Vander Weide.

People are going to compare this to Bobby Cremins but it is actually is close to Roy Williams in 2000.  The story I have always heard was that Roy came to town, met with the UNC officials and there was a handshake deal to come coach the Heels.  Roy then returned to Kansas and once he got back there he saw the huge outpouring of support and love from the fans/community and decided to stay at Kansas.  Obviously there was never in public introduction and in some cases in college coaches go months without actually signing the contract.

At this point I think we can say that Billy Donovan’s sense of loyalty was highly underrated.


5 Responses to Somewhere Andy Katz Is Fuming

  1. 52BigGameJames says:

    Pshaw! Every good Pack-fan and ABC’er worth his salt, knows the real reason Roy rejected UNC the 1st time was because Dean insisted on keeping Doherty’s staff intact.

  2. Tar Heel Fan says:

    No, Dean insisted that the drinking of blood collected from the children of Wolfpack alumni continue as a part of the pre-game ritual. Roy liked Coke better so he turned it down. The second time around Dean dropped the requirement.

  3. 52BigGameJames says:

    LMAO! That’s not true and you know it-not that there’s anything wrong with drinking “pup-blood”.

  4. Dean Forever says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the KU alumni heavily involved in pursuading Coach Roy to stay? I have read both Blythe’s book (“To Hate..”) and Dean Smith’s “A Coach’s Life”, and only the latter suggested that the coaching mix had something to do with it. Anyways, Billy Donovan’s return is important for college hoops because Florida has an opportunity to be the next truly great college hoop program. I don’t know about them pulling a Dean (23 straight tourny appearances, all the 25-plus wins seasons, 11 Final Fours, countless All-Americans, etc., etc.,) or a Coach K (10 FF, 3 national championships, 9 30-plus win seasons, countless All-Americans), but he has a pretty good start.

  5. thesportsidiot says:

    It’s also similar to Calipari’s handshake deal with the Pack last year. Of course, it wasn’t his loyalties or feelings towards Memphis that made him change his mind, it was the raise they gave him to stay. Funny, he got another one of those this year when the Kentucky job was vacant.

    Billy D has sealed his fate as far as the NBA is concerned. There is even an article up on, which I haven’t read yet, that covers it. I’ll say this much about the guy, he turned down over $2mil per year to stay at Florida. That speaks volumes about his loyalties to the school and should actually help recruiting. Maybe it was a calculated snafu all along after he missed out on Patterson.

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