Florida is headed to the Final Four with 62-52 win over Dayton

For the fourth time under head coach Billy Donovan, Florida is headed to the Final Four.

COL BKB: Florida 62, Florida Gulf Coast 50

ARLINGTON, Texas, March 30 (UPI) -- Will Yeguete had four of Florida's 11 steals Friday in a defensive performance that knocked Florida Gulf Coast out of the NCAA tourney 62-50.

COL BKB: Florida 66, Vanderbilt 40

GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 6 (UPI) -- Kenny Boynton led the way with 15 points Wednesday and No. 9 Florida held Vanderbilt to 14 field goals in downing the Commodores 66-40.

COL BKB: Florida 83, Missouri 52

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Erik Murphy netted 15 points and Coach Billy Donovan logged his 400th career victory Saturday in No. 9 Florida's 83-52 rout of 16th-ranked Missouri.

Shipboard games to open college season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- Florida and Georgetown will open next season's college basketball campaign by meeting on the deck of an aircraft carrier, it was announced Friday.

COL BKB: Florida 68, Marquette 58

PHOENIX, March 23 (UPI) -- Bradley Beal touched off a late first-half run Thursday that propelled Florida into the NCAA regional finals with a 68-58 win over Marquette.

COL BKB: Florida 96, Stetson 70

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Brad Beal and Erving Walker teamed up for 43 points Monday and ninth-ranked Florida blasted Stetson 96-70.

COL BKB: Florida 80, Toledo 58

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Led by forward Dan Werner's 19 points with five rebounds, 19th-ranked Florida rolled to an 80-58 season-opening victory against Toledo.

Florida, Ohio State receive NIT bids

NEW YORK, March 16 (UPI) -- Two-time national champion Florida and Ohio State were chosen Sunday for the 2008 National Invitation Tournament.

COL BKB: Arkansas 67, Wofford 45

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Patrick Beverley led the way with 15 points Friday night, as No. 19 Arkansas got hot in the second half to defeat Wofford, 67-45.

Donavan returns to Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 7 (UPI) -- Basketball coach Billy Donovan has returned to the University of Florida, about a week after he left the school to coach the NBA's Orlando Magic.

Stan Van Gundy to coach Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, Fla., June 7 (UPI) -- Stan Van Gundy has been hired to coach the Orlando Magic, the NBA team announced Thursday. The Magic turned to Van Gundy after releasing University of Florida Coach Billy Donovan from an agreed-to five-year, $25 million contract. Terms of Van Gundy's deal

Magic lets Donovan out of contract

ORLANDO, Fla., June 6 (UPI) -- The Orlando Magic announced Wednesday it would allow Billy Donovan to back out of the five-year contract he signed last week.

Donovan said giving up Magic for Florida

ORLANDO, Fla., June 5 (UPI) -- The Orlando Magic reportedly will release Billy Donovan from his just-signed five-year contract so he can return to the University of Florida.

Donovan reportedly wants out of Magic deal

GAINESVILLE, Fla., June 4 (UPI) -- Two University of Florida athletic department sources say basketball coach Billy Donovan is having second thoughts about taking an NBA position. The sources confirmed Donovan, who signed a five-year contract Friday to coach the Orlando Magic, is now seeki
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Billy Donovan
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)

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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