Orlando Magic Officials: Donovan is "Conflicted'
GAINESVILLE - The Orlando Magic has acknowledged that Florida coach Billy Donovan is struggling with his decision over whether to remain with the Magic or return to Florida.
Joel Glass, Vice President/Communications for Magic issued a statement on Monday morning that reads: "While Central Florida, the Orlando Magic and Billy were energized with the announcement of his contract signing on Friday, we know there was a different feeling in Gainesville and people have been tugging at him since that time. Billy is conflicted with those emotions and the opportunity he has ahead in Orlando and in the NBA.We've had numerous conversations and a personal visit in Gainesville with Billy over the last 48 hours and we have a commitment from him that the dialogue between us will continue.''
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday morning that on the advice of legal counsel, he cannot comment on the situation.
The Orlando Sentinel, citing an unnamed source, reported that Magic officials have agreed to release Donovan from his contract.
Reports surfaced Sunday night when FOXSports.com reported that Donovan was considering returning to Florida after having second thoughts about the Magic job he accepted on Friday. Until that point, former assistant and VCU coach Anthony Grant was considered the frontrunner to replace Donovan.