Donovan to return to Orlando with Gators
Billy Donovan will coach a basketball game at Amway Arena afterall.
Nearly 18 months after Donovan accepted, then backed out of a deal to become the head coach of the Orlando Magic, he and the Gators will play the University of Missouri-Kansas City on Nov. 30 at Amway Arena, officials with Florida Citrus Sports announced Wednesday.
It will be the first appearance for the Florida’s men’s basketball team in Orlando since 1997. The Gators have played 11 games all-time in Orlando between 1989 and 1997.
“We are certainly excited to return to Orlando for the first time in over a decade,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “The tremendous support we receive from the alumni and fan base in Orlando is extremely important to us, and we’re elated to be able to bring our basketball program to this great Gator city.”
The game will be a homecoming of sorts for Orlando-area natives and Gators Nick Calathes and Chandler Parsons – who led Lake Howell High School to the Florida 5A state championship en route to being named to McDonalds and Parade All-American teams as seniors.
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