Sunday, June 03, 2007

Breaking News: Orlando may still be looking for a head coach

Ryan Ferguson over at the Fanhouse just broke HUGE news, according to Fox Sports and ESPN, after being announced as the new head coach of the Orlando Magic just two days ago, Billy Donovan already wants out of his contract.

According to two sources close to the situation, the former Florida coach, who accepted the Orlando Magic job on Friday, is attempting to return to Gainesville.

Donovan agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Magic late last week, but has approached both sides about getting out of the deal.

According to one source, Donovan was forced to make a rash decision by the Magic management — and he regretted it shortly after agreeing to the contract.

I'm shocked by this news, it really seemed like Donovan was prepared to move on to the next step, but I guess not. I don't really know what is left for him to do at Florida, his legacy is already etched in stone after becoming the first coach to lead his team to back-to-back National Championships since Duke did it in the early nineties. And then take into consideration that he has no returning starters from those great teams, it's going to be awfully difficult to keep the Gators in the top echelon of college basketball.

Is he backing out because of the pressure to be successful? Maybe. There is always immense pressure put on coaches that leave college for the pros, it doesn't matter what the sport is, football or basketball. But it's not like the Magic expect Donovan to turn this one and done team into a championship caliber team, at least not right now. He has a lot of great young players that are still developing, guys like Dwight Howard(who is already a bonafide star), Jameer Nelson, J.J. Reddick, Trevor Ariza, Darko Milicic and Carlos Arroyo so it's not like he's taking over the Spurs as Davey put it. I don't know, I guess we're going to have to wait see how this one plays out.

I think it's safe to say, they might want to take this down.

EDIT: Earlier I said that all five starters from last year's championship team have entered the draft, well they haven't, only four of the five are currently listed at, Green, Brewer and Noah). Lee Humphrey isn't mentioned although he was a senior.

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