Donovan fighting through back problem
GAINESVILLE - One day after he arrived in Birmingham for SEC Media Days in severe back pain, Billy Donovan said he doesn't expect his ongoing back problems to interfere with his coaching.
Joking that he didn't realize his back was going to become national news, he said before practice Thursday he's still in pain, but able to get around.
"This has been an ongoing problem for a long, long time that has gotten progressively worse,'' Donovan said. "But I have no numbness down my leg, they don't think it's a disc, they think it's muscular. I do have (a condition) where my vertebrae is pushing forward - there’s a fracture in it - which I’ve had for as long as I can remember. And sometimes when I get fatigued or turn the wrong way I can just throw it out and be out for awhile. But I think as time has gone on, it’s gotten to the point where I do that and it’s taking a lot longer to get back. But I’m moving around and if I can walk, I’ll be fine. I’ll be fine.''
Donovan said he was able to "make it through'' practice on Monday, and the team took Tuesday off. He was back at practice on Thursday.