Mar 22, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan reacts in the second half of a men

NBA Rumors: Florida Gators' Billy Donovan not ruling out an NBA return


Florida Gators’ head coach Billy Donovan has been one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history.

Since taking over at Florida in 1996, Donovan has led the Gators two three National Championship Games, winning two of them. He has a record of 450-168 at Florida. With a victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers on Saturday, the Gators are back in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season.

Back in 2007, Donovan accepted a job with the Orlando Magic, but a day later, he backed out of his agreement and the Magic let him out of his contract.

Although he backed out after agreeing to an NBA job once, he hasn’t ruled out a possible return, but it doesn’t seem likely at the moment.

“I got into coaching because of the basketball piece of it, and there is an intrigue as it relates to (the NBA),” Donovan told the Associated Press. “When you try to project where your future is, where you’re going to be, and you don’t know because I don’t have a crystal ball, all I can say is I am happy here at Florida. I love being here.

“The NBA part of it, the intrigue part of it for me, is just the fact that it’s basketball 24 hours a day. That’s all you’re dealing with is basketball.”

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