NBA 2017 Update: Thunder’s Head Coach Billy Donovan Has No Interest in Coming Back to College; What We Know So Far
The former University of Florida coach Billy Donovan has no interest in coming back to coach college basketball. For now, Billy Donovan is very happy in the NBA and in Oklahoma City.
William John "Billy" Donovan Jr. was born on May 30, 1965. He is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association.
He previously spent 19 seasons at the University of Florida, where his Florida Gators teams won two NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007. Donovan has more wins than any other coach in the history of the Florida basketball program. He coached the Gators to more NCAA tournament appearances, NCAA tournament wins, and Southeastern Conference championships than all other Florida coaches combined.
'While Donovan had plenty of success at the college level, winning back-to-back titles with the University of Florida a decade ago, the Thunder coach has no desire to return to the amateur game. ESPN's Jeff Goodman talked to Donovan about the college rumors, and Donovan let him know he was happy to be in OKC, as per CBS Sports.
I'll say this with absolutely certainty, based on well-sourced knowledge: Billy Donovan is interested in IU and the interest is mutual.
— Joshua Claybourn (@JoshuaClaybourn) March 16, 2017
According to Bleachereport, Donovan spent 21 seasons as a college head coach, including 19 at the University of Florida from 1996 to 2015, and he also won two national championships and was hired by the Thunder in April 2015 to be their coach for five years.
Even if Donovan were to show interest in a college job, the Thunder still have one month left in the regular season and a potential playoff run to go through before he would theoretically become available.
If you haven't caught on yet, Billy Donovan WILL be next HC at Indiana. Finishing season w Thunder first. Alford not even considered. #iubb — Indy Sports Partizan (@sportspartizan) March 19, 2017
Donovan would certainly bring cachet to any collegiate landing spot, but he's still in the early stages of his NBA coaching career. He has been successful, too, posting a 95-56 record in less than two full seasons in Oklahoma City.
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