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#30 : June 04, 2007, 12:51:28 AM

this is crazy

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#31 : June 04, 2007, 01:11:18 AM

I know I always believe teenage nerds when it comes to breaking news!



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#32 : June 04, 2007, 04:28:48 AM

What a scum for turning down all that money. How dare he!

dude are you kidding? he signed a contract and held an hour long press conference 2 days ago. Ive never even heard of anyone doing this in any sport before

Just another reason to hate the Gators

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#33 : June 04, 2007, 05:22:26 AM

Go to SI.com & it lists several times this has happened before.

Hate the Gators more? Because it's so good there Billy doesn't want to leave?

RJ, never take a blog as gospel.


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#34 : June 04, 2007, 05:42:10 AM

Well that would be kinda interesting if they do let him out so he can go back to being the Croc's head coach again.


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#35 : June 04, 2007, 05:48:53 AM

Only haters say 'Croc'.

WFLA reporting this morning that the Orlando Seintinal is saying the Orlando Magic will let Billy Donovan out of his contract to return to Gainsville.

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#36 : June 04, 2007, 06:36:32 AM

What a scum for turning down all that money. How dare he!

dude are you kidding? he signed a contract and held an hour long press conference 2 days ago. Ive never even heard of anyone doing this in any sport before

Just another reason to hate the Gators

Bill Belichick did it to the Jets in 2000

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#37 : June 04, 2007, 07:03:21 AM

What a scum for turning down all that money. How dare he!

dude are you kidding? he signed a contract and held an hour long press conference 2 days ago. Ive never even heard of anyone doing this in any sport before

Just another reason to hate the Gators

creighton coach did it to arkansas just a couple months ago.

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#38 : June 04, 2007, 07:21:57 AM

So what if it's happened before.  That doesn't make it right.  Second thoughts and doubts should be dealt with internally before announcing to the world that you've made your decision.  If you have second thoughts DO NOT ACCEPT.

I"m a Seminole, but like Donovan.  Personally, while I'm sure it has been a personal struggle, I think it's bush league to do this.  Two thumbs down in my book.  Not like he cares what I think, but my respect level just went down a notch for him.

And yes, I'd think the same if he was FSU's coach...

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#39 : June 04, 2007, 07:49:51 AM

He's Coming back to Orlando apparently....

Per the orlando Sentinel online as of 7:01am


Orlando Magic will allow Billy Donovan to return to Florida

Dave Curtis and Lynn Hoppes | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted June 4, 2007, 7:01 AM EDT

The Orlando Magic today will allow Billy Donovan out of his 5-year, $27.5 million contract that he signed on Friday.

"It's over," said a source close to the situation.

Donovan had reservations about leaving the Florida Gators for the NBA on Friday and spent all weekend trying to find a way to get out of his contract. On Saturday, Orlando Magic General Manager Otis Smith went to Gainesville to try to convince Donovan to honor the deal. Smith talked with Donovan again on Sunday, and so did Magic President Bob Vander Weide.

Unless Donovan wakes up today and changes his mind, the Magic will let him go, the source said.

Almost everyone at Florida, from people on his staff to other NBA coaches to even his wife, told Donovan to go to the Magic -- but after Friday's emotional news conference in Gainesville, he started thinking he might have made a mistake. That was the first time he even mentioned there being a problem.

The Sentinel visited Donovan's house early this morning, and UF assistant basketball coach Larry Shyatt answered the door. He said Donovan would not comment.

"You guys can't talk to him now," Shyatt said.

Messages left with UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley on Sunday were not returned. UF spokesman Fred Demarest said Sunday night that the school would have no comment. Messages left for Magic officials -- Chief Operating Officer Alex Martins and General Manager Otis Smith -- were not returned.

On Monday morning, Joel Glass, vice president for communications for the Magic, released a statement:

"While Central Florida, the Orlando Magic and Billy were energized with the announcement of his contract signing on Friday, we know there was a different feeling in Gainesville and people have been tugging at him since that time. Billy is conflicted with those emotions and the opportunity he has ahead in Orlando and in the NBA. We've had numerous conversations and a personal visit in Gainesville with Billy over the last 48 hours and we have a commitment from him that the dialogue between us will continue."

Donovan was hired as Magic head coach Thursday and introduced in his new job Friday, the end of a weeklong Magic courtship. Donovan appeared confident in his decision in news conferences in Gainesville and in Orlando, but things changed.

Foley flew to Richmond, Va., on Saturday to interview Anthony Grant, the Virginia Commonwealth University coach. Grant is a former Gators assistant and the leading candidate to replace Donovan.

But that meeting never happened -- Foley flew away from Richmond after learning of Donovan's second thoughts before the athletic director even left the airport's grounds.

That's when the Magic's Smith leaped into action. He went up to Gainesville to try to convince Donovan he was making the right decision. But Donovan still was waffling.

That's why Grant, who was the front-runner and was looking to make $6 million over 5 years at Florida, issued a statement Sunday night saying he has had no in-person contact with UF officials and hasn't received an offer to be Florida's head coach.

"I have been contacted by the University of Florida regarding their coaching vacancy," the statement said. "I have not had any in-person contact with any Florida representative, nor have I been offered the job.

"At this point in time, I will have no further comment on this situation as my focus is on my responsibilities at VCU."

Grant, who emerged Thursday as the top and seemingly lone candidate to replace Donovan, spoke with several Rams recruits and their coaches Thursday and Friday to prepare them for his possible departures.

Donovan did not attend Florida's boys basketball camp, which started Sunday afternoon on campus. He was at home trying to find guidance on his future.

Several members of his staff, including Shyatt, ran the camp. In his news conferences Friday, Donovan said Shyatt would join him with the Magic. In fact, Donovan talked with the Magic about Shyatt's new contract that afternoon.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, reached at home early this morning, said he had heard nothing about Donovan possibly backing out of the deal. After learning of the report from a Sentinel reporter, Dyer said he still had no comment.

Nick Calathes and Chandler Parsons, high-profile recruits from Lake Howell High School who signed with the Gators, had communicated with each other late Sunday night but indicated they had not heard from UF's coaching staff.

It's unclear whether the Magic will ask for a settlement to allow Donovan to break his contract. It's also unclear where the Magic will be turning to now, but the second choice behind Donovan had always been ex-Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy.


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#40 : June 04, 2007, 08:16:57 AM

What a scum for turning down all that money. How dare he!

dude are you kidding? he signed a contract and held an hour long press conference 2 days ago. Ive never even heard of anyone doing this in any sport before

Never? You must not watch a lot of sports. Either that, or you're getting old like me and your memory is going.



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#41 : June 04, 2007, 08:42:28 AM

The great thing is he signed a contract, so if he really wants to go he needs to pay some money back.

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#42 : June 04, 2007, 08:58:43 AM

while this is an unfortunate incident, i dont think its a very big deal.  donovan realized he made a mistake and is admitting it and asking for forgiveness.  there will be some apology money handed to the the Magic and all will be fine.  donovan stays where he belongs and the Magic end up getting a real NBA coach.

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#43 : June 04, 2007, 09:16:26 AM

Wow, I wonder what happened. Weird, but very welcome. RJ, don't trust blogs! 'Your guy' must have been wrong! Ha, ha!

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#44 : June 04, 2007, 09:18:09 AM

while this is an unfortunate incident, i dont think its a very big deal. donovan realized he made a mistake and is admitting it and asking for forgiveness. there will be some apology money handed to the the Magic and all will be fine. donovan stays where he belongs and the Magic end up getting a real NBA coach.
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