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Gators fans won't get promise to stay forever from Billy Donovan

For some reason this time of year - EVERY year- people become intrigued with Gators coach Billy Donovan and the NBA.

For some fans, it might be comforting if Donovan would simply say he's never going to the NBA and let the talk die down once and for all.

Guess what? That's not going to happen.

While attending the SEC Spring Meetings this week in Destin, Donovan reiterated his love for the Florida program and his happiness in Gainesville - for now.

But he won't promise Gators fans that he'll stay forever. And he has good reasons for that.

Like anybody, he has no idea what the future may hold, he remains intrigued by the possibility of one day coaching in the NBA, and most of all he doesn't want to be called a liar.

"I said this before and I got into a bad situation several years ago where I really felt bad about how that transpired," Donovan said. "It wasn't me, and I apologized. But at the same point, I think when you start making guarantees about life and start making guarantees about where you're going to be, that's not good because if for some reason I ever change my mind and did something, I wouldn't want (people) saying, 'Well, he promised, he guaranteed, he said this on record.'

"I just think when you start doing that, that's a mistake," Donovan added. "All I can say is I love Florida, I'm happy here, Jeremy's (Foley, AD) been great, the school's been great to me. But at the same point, some of the NBA stuff, as I've said before, is intriguing in a lot of ways - the basketball part of it. That's not to say that I'm unhappy here; that's not the case at all. But when people start getting into forecasting where they're going to be or what they're going to do, and I've seen a lot of coaches over the years come out and say,' No, no, no, no, I'm not going anywere, I'm not going anywhere,' and then all of a sudden they go somewhere and it's like, 'Well, this guy is a complete liar.' I don't want to get into that situation. There's been some teams that have called, but that's really it."



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