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After 16 months, Donovan signs Florida basketball deal

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan signed a multiyear contract on Friday, 16 months after he backed out of an agreement to coach the Orlando Magic and decided to remain with the Gators.

The contract has been on the table since last year. Despite speculation about the delay, Donovan and Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley had said there was no set timetable to sign, and that both sides were amenable to the contract.

Foley and Donovan were not available for comment Friday.

Donovan, who is 285-115 in 12 seasons at UF, has five years remaining on the contract, with an option for a sixth year, according to a copy obtained by the St. Petersburg Times on Friday.

He is set to earn a total compensation package that ranges from $3.3-million this season to $3.77-million in 2012-13. Donovan's base salary during those years ranges from $195,000 this season to $215,000 in 2012-13. His incentives range from $50,000 for winning the SEC championship to $150,00 for winning a national title.

If Donovan, 43, leaves before the end of the contract, he will have to pay up to $500,000. If he's fired, he will receive $2.5-million for every year remaining. Donovan is prohibited from exploring jobs with university or professional teams without written permission of the UF athletic director.

The contract includes longevity incentives for approximately $450,000 over the length of the contract and compensation for speaking engagements, radio, television and Web site, and camps and promotional appearances that range from $2.49-million this season to $2.67-million in the final year of the contract.

Football: BYU rolls

LOGAN, Utah — Max Hall threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns and No. 8 BYU beat Utah State 34-14.

The Cougars (5-0) converted three turnovers into 17 points while pulling ahead 24-0 in the first quarter, then held on for their ninth straight victory.

Though Utah State (1-4) trailed 34-0 at the end of the third quarter, its fans chanted "over-rated!" to the Cougars. Utah State became the first team to score on BYU in nearly a month with two touchdowns in the fourth.

CINCINNATI 33, MARSHALL 10: Redshirt freshman Chazz Anderson, a game-time decision to start, threw two touchdowns and ran for another score in his college debut to lead the visiting Bearcats (4-1). The Thundering Herd (3-3) fell to 0-3 against BCS teams this season, getting outscored 111-27 by Cincinnati, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

TOUGH CALL: Mesa State College senior offensive lineman Trevor Wikre, told that he needed surgery on a fractured right pinkie that would end his career, had the finger amputated so he can keep playing. "I'm just short one," he said.

NEW TENNESSEE QB: Redshirt sophomore Nick Stephens, who has thrown two collegiate passes, will replace Jonathan Crompton as the starting quarterback against Northern Illinois today.

BAND ON HOLD: The Wisconsin marching band has been suspended while allegations of hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct are investigated.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

After 16 months, Donovan signs Florida basketball deal 10/03/08 [Last modified: Saturday, October 4, 2008 12:07am]
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