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Florida Coach Billy Donovan offered NBA job

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by stone86, May 31, 2007.

  1. stone86

    stone86 Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2006
    After weeks of waiting for the University of Florida to finalize his new seven-year contract, the Orlando Magic have entered Billy Donovan's world and given him another substantial offer to ponder.

    After leading the Gators to the last two national championships, the 42-year-old Donovan has received a contract offer from the Magic worth $6 million annually, a source told ESPN.com's Pat Forde.

    Team officials told the Orlando Sentinel, which first reported the story on its Web site, that Donovan is expected to take the job. But as of 4 p.m. ET, multiple sources close to Billy Donovan confirmed to ESPN.com's Andy Katz that Donovan has not accepted the job yet. Sources said that Donovan was waffling with the decision and that the Magic had made the offer very hard to turn down.

    The sources added this job has been the toughest decision he's had to make, much more so than any early offer from Memphis and even more so than Kentucky's contract offer. The part that makes the offer potentially palatable is that it is close enough to his Gainsville home that could it make it a smooth transition. Donovan's parents, in-laws and sister all have a home in Gainsville and the sources said that if there was a job that he would seriously consider it would be this one because of the proximity to his family.


    You think a program with such great success under this coach would work quickly to take care of him...

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