New Oklahoma City head coach Billy Donovan told a friend losing the recruiting battle with Kentucky was wearing on him.

Billy Donovan said losing recruiting battle wore on him

After a tremendous 19-year career at Florida, Billy Donovan is headed to the NBA to coach Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But was there more to the move than just a once-and-a-lifetime opportunity to coach a title contending team?

According to Ian O’Connor of ESPN, Kentucky may have something to do with this jump.

Billy Donovan told a friend he consulted with this week that a losing SEC recruiting struggle with Kentucky was wearing on him

— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) April 30, 2015

Whether this is true or not is up in the air, but Florida did not have a good season this year. They went 16-17, missed the NCAA Tournament and did not nearly have the talent on their roster that they have had in years past.

The SEC is ultra competitive now with Ben Howland, Rick Barnes and Bruce Pearl taking over the jobs at Mississippi State, Tennessee and Auburn. And you always have to watch out for the Wildcats.

Maybe Donovan just wanted a new challenge and he will surely get one because the expectations are going to be sky high for the Thunder next season with Durant hitting free agency in 2016.

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