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UF's Billy Donovon talking to NBA teams

 “I fully plan on being back,” says Billy Donovan, who just finished his 18th year at Florida.

“I fully plan on being back,” says Billy Donovan, who just finished his 18th year at Florida.

GAINESVILLE — Florida's Billy Donovan has spoken to a couple of NBA teams about coaching vacancies but says "I fully plan on being back" next season.

He declined to specify which teams called — reported one was Cleveland; Detroit, Golden State, the Lakers, Minnesota, New York and Utah also have openings — and jokingly cited his brief stint with the Magic in 2007 as reason for keeping details private.

Donovan said, "I'm not going to get into, 'He's lying. He's not being truthful.' I got a couple of calls. That's all it is."

Donovan just finished his 18th season at Florida, where he has two national titles and four Final Four appearances. He signed a three-year contract extension in February to keep him at UF through the 2018-19 season and pay him $3.7 million annually.

Also Thursday, Donovan announced that former USF center John Egbunu has enrolled at Florida for the summer semester. Egbunu will become eligible during the 2015-16 season. "I think he has got unbelievable upside and potential." Donovan said. "He's really long. He's athletic."

uconn: Coach Kevin Ollie agreed to a $15 million, five-year contract with the national champion Huskies. Ollie, 41, who started at UConn in 2012, has been linked to several NBA job openings, including with the Lakers and Cavaliers. The agreement runs through May 31, 2019.


AAC tournament: Kyle Funkhouser surrendered his first earned runs in six weeks in top-seeded Louisville's 13-3 win over No. 8 Memphis in a game shortened to 61/2 innings by the mercy rule. The Cardinals (44-13) face fifth-seeded USF at 3 p.m. today at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Also Thursday, No. 7 UConn beat No. 3 Houston 7-2, and No. 6 Temple fell to No. 2 UCF 6-2. Today, No. 4 Rutgers plays Memphis at 11 a.m. and Houston meets UCF at 7 p.m.

ACC tournament: Steve Wilkerson's RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth lifted Clemson past Miami 3-2 in Greensboro, N.C. The top-seeded Hurricanes (40-17) fell to 1-1 and play No. 4 Duke on Saturday. No. 2 FSU meets No. 6 Maryland at 11 a.m. today.

SEC tournament: Casey Turgeon had three hits and two RBIs as top-seeded Florida beat South Carolina 7-2 in an elimination game in Hoover, Ala. The Gators (38-20) rallied from a 2-0 deficit, scoring three unearned runs in the third inning, including a two-run single by Taylor Gushue, and two in the fourth. Reliever Bobby Poyner (5-3) pitched five scoreless innings and allowed two hits. The Gamecocks (42-16) lost two straight and were outscored 19-2.


USF's Roberto Cid beat Alen Salibasic of Drake 7-6, 6-1 at the NCAA singles championship in Athens, Ga. He becomes the first All-American in USF men's tennis history by reaching the round of 16. Cid faces Dane Webb of Oklahoma this morning.

UF's Billy Donovon talking to NBA teams 05/22/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:37pm]
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