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Donovan: 2007 is similar to 1996-97



GAINESVILLE - If you're a longtime Gator fan - and your mind hasn't completely blocked it out- these probably aren't the words you want to hear, but here goes.

Billy Donovan said during Wednesday's media day that this season may be his most challenging since his first year at Florida.

If you remember that team, you're probably concerned right now.

In his inaugural year, Donovan's team went 13-17 and was 5-11 in the SEC.

Actually, Donovan said he doesn't mean this team lacks talent, as that first one did, but the situations are similar.

"I don't mean in regard at all to the talent level or where we're at, I mean I walked into a situation that I didn't know any of the players and reall what they could do. I saw them in workouts. There's a lot of things I've got to do to put them on my shoulsders to put them in the best position to be successful. . .  So I liken it to when I first got here in the fact that I had these kids that worked hard and were great kids, but I didn't really know what they could and couldn't do. And you're trying to feel your way through it.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:20pm]


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