Donovan concerned about Dupay
GAINESVILLE - Florida coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday he has been in contact with former star guard Teddy Dupay to express his concern after news broke of Dupay's June arrest on charges of felony rape, aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping.
Dupay, 29, has been charged with rape and kidnapping in an incident with a woman at a ski resort in Utah. He was arraigned on Monday in Park City, Utah.
Donovan, who has gained a repuation for keeping in contact with former players, and sometimes helping those who have run into trouble, said he recently spoke with Dupay.
"I had the chance to talk to Teddy a little bit and not get into any
details,'' Donovan said, his first public comment on the incident. "I just touched base with him just to see how he's doing. And we talked. He feels there are some things that he's got to get taken care of that maybe are all not truthful, that's going on right now.''
A former Florida "Mr. Basketball'' out of Cape Coral Mariner High School in 1998, Dupay was part of the Gators' 2000 team that reached the
national title game for the first time in school history. Florida lost 89-76 to Michigan State in the final in Indianapolis.
He eventually left the program amidst scandal after accusations of sports betting prior to his senior season in 2001. He played pro basketball overseas after leaving Gainesville.
"I think any time one of our players goes through something like that, you always feel a sense of concern,'' Donovan said. "For any kid, I think it's a difficult situation. And certainly, I think, for the girl it's a difficult situation. You hate to see anything like that happen and where the truth lies, I don't know. I think it's an unfortunate situation for both parties.''