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Report: Donovan has second thoughts

ORLANDO, Fla., June 3 (UPI) -- Billy Donovan has reportedly told the Orlando Magic and the University of Florida he has had second thoughts about jumping to the NBA as Orlando's head coach.

Donovan introduced as Magic's coach

ORLANDO, Fla., June 1 (UPI) -- Billy Donovan, who coached Florida to the NCAA tournament title each of the last two seasons, was introduced Friday as the coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic.

Report: Donovan to coach Magic

ORLANDO, Fla., May 31 (UPI) -- Billy Donovan, who led Florida to the NCAA basketball title the last two seasons, reportedly will become head coach of the Orlando Magic.

Four Florida players to turn pro

GAINESVILLE, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Four starters on Florida's national championship basketball team Thursday declared intentions to enter this year's NBA draft.

Coach Donovan to remain at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla., April 5 (UPI) -- Billy Donovan, who led Florida to two consecutive NCAA Division I tournament championships, said Thursday he was staying with the Gators' basketball program.

COL BKB: Florida 73, Oregon 57

ST. LOUIS, March 25 (UPI) -- Seven three-pointers by Lee Humphrey ignited defending champion Florida to a 73-57 win over Oregon Sunday that put the Gators back in the Final Four.

COL BKB: Florida 88, Stetson 67

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Billy Donovan became the top winning men's basketball coach at Florida Wednesday night as the fourth-ranked Gators trounced Stetson, 88-67.

COL BKB: Florida 72, Florida A&M 57

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Lee Humphrey scored a game-high 15 points as fifth-ranked Florida led by 17 points at halftime Sunday and coasted to a 72-57 win over Florida A&M.

COL BKB: Florida 73, UCLA 57

INDIANAPOLIS, April 3 (UPI) -- The Florida Gators won their first NCAA Tournament title in school history Monday night with a 73-57 victory over the UCLA Bruins.

COL BKB: Florida 87, Providence 77

PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Taurean Green scored 18 points Tuesday to lead the 10th-ranked Florida Gators to an 87-77 victory over the Providence Friars.

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MIAMI, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Matt Walsh scored 21 points Saturday to pace the 22nd-ranked Florida Gators to an 84-66 victory over the Providence Friars in the Orange Bowl Classic.

COL BKB: Florida 81, Jacksonville 59

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Anthony Roberson's 19 points Friday night helped send No. 22 Florida to a season-opening, 81-59 decision over Jacksonville.

Another assistant coach leaves Cavaliers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 18 (UPI) -- Scott Shepherd has become the second basketball assistant coach to resign at Virginia since the season ended.

Former Clemson coach joins Florida staff

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 11 (UPI) -- Larry Shyatt, former head coach at Clemson, has joined the staff of University of Florida Coach Billy Donovan.

COL BKB: Louisville 73, Florida 65

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Francisco Garcia scored 21 points Saturday afternoon to lead No. 25 Louisville to a 73-65 upset of top-ranked Florida.
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Flordia Gators head basketball coach Billy Donovan gives instructions during the first half against the Butler Bulldogs in the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on March 23, 2007. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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William John “Billy” Donovan, Jr. (born May 30, 1965 in Rockville Centre, New York) is the head coach of the Florida Gators basketball team. He has taken the Gators to three NCAA championship game appearances, in 2000, 2006 and 2007. The Gators lost to the Michigan State Spartans in the 2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball final. The Gators won the national championship in 2006 with a 73-57 win over UCLA and again in 2007 with an 84-75 win over Ohio State, making Donovan the first coach since Mike Krzyzewski to win back-to-back titles. He is one of only four (Dean Smith, Joe B. Hall and Bobby Knight being the others) to play in the Final Four and win the national championship as a coach.

After a brief stint as head coach of the Orlando Magic that lasted only 5 days, Donovan re-signed with the Gators on June 7, 2007, with a deal that makes him the highest-paid coach in college basketball, at $3.5-million per year.

Donovan was born and raised in Rockville Centre on Long Island, New York. The son of Bill Donovan, Sr., the third leading scorer in Boston College men's basketball history, Donovan graduated from St. Agnes High School — a local powerhouse where he was coached by the legendary Frank Morris — in 1983 before going on to Providence College, where he played guard on the basketball team. His first two seasons with the Friars were unimpressive; he scored an average of 2 points per game as a freshman and three points as a sophomore. His junior year, however, Donovan flourished in the system of new head coach Rick Pitino. "Billy the Kid," as Providence fans soon nicknamed him (after the 19th century outlaw, Billy the Kid), averaged 15.1 points as a junior and 20.6 as a senior, when he took the Friars to the Final Four and earned the Southeast Regional MVP.

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