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Antonya English

It's official: Donovan to Magic

Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith introduced Billy Donovan as the NBA squad's new head coach at a news conference this morning at the RDV Sportsplex in Orlando.

"When we started this process, we started this process looking for a winner,'' Smith said.

Donovan, who won two national championships and three SEC titles in 10 years at the University of Florida, said the easy decision would have been to stay at UF. He said the NBA offers him a chance to challenge himself as a person and a coach.

"I've always been intrigued by the NBA,'' he said.

Donovan, 42, becomes the eighth coach and third-youngest in the Magic's 18-year history. "For me to leave the University of Florida, it was gonna take something very, very special,'' Donovan said.

Donovan singled out Virginia Commonwealth's Anthony Grant as a potential successor at UF.

Donovan will travel to Gainesville for a second news conference called by athletic director Jeremy Foley at 4 p.m.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:16pm]

    

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