Donovan suffering with serious back injury
Billy Donovan's appearance at the SEC Basketball Media Days Wednesday afternoon almost didn't happen.
Donovan, who was unable to do his Monday interviews with local media, arrived in Birmingham Wednesday in severe pain suffering with disk and ligament damage in his back.
According to team trainer Duke Werner, Donovan suffered two fractures in his back during his basketball playing days at Providence and has had back problems for years that worsened last season.
To keep his commitment at media days, Donovan was given an anti-inflammatory shot before leaving Gainesville, then laid on his stomach on the plane to Alabama with ice on his back. Werner made the tirp to monitor Donovan.
When asked by reporters how he felt, Donovan replied: "Bad. I just know I haven't been able to get out of bed for two days.''
Donovan said he's scheduled to meet with a back surgeon next Tuesday; the surgeon is out of town until then.
With a complete rebuilding year on the horizon, this isn't good news for Donovan or the Gators.
"I'm concerned because I haven't been able to walk,'' he said. "It takes me a while. The other day, I got out of bed and couldn't stand up and had to crawl to the bathroom. So that's kind of what I'm dealing with now.''