Those hoping for former Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan’s successor to be named quickly are in for a disappointment. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, AD Jeremy Foley stated that he doesn’t expect a decision to be made on that front until June.
“The key would be to have something in place I would think sometime in June,” Foley said at a press conference on Monday afternoon. “Who knows when it will happen, but again, there’s some time here.”
“I haven’t talked to one coach,” he added. “I [haven’t] had time to do that.”
Donovan recently agreed to become the new coach of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder after 19 seasons in Gainesville.
During his tenure with the Gators, he went 467-186 (202-109 SEC) and won back to back championships in 2006 and 2007 on top of earning four trips to the Final Four.
In a coaching career that also includes a two-year stint at Marshall, Donovan holds a record of 502-206 and has a reputation as a fine recruiter. In fact, one reason he gave for making the jump to the NBA was having to constantly battle with Kentucky’s John Calipari in recruiting prospects.
Names linked to Florida’s coaching vacancy so far include Dayton’s Archie Miller, Xavier’s Chris Mack, and Minnesota’s Richard Pitino as well as Donovan assistants Anthony Grant and John Pelphrey.
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