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Donovan: willing to listen if UK calls

The Gators coach praises UF, says he knows questions need answers.

By ANTONYA ENGLISH
Published April 5, 2007


Florida coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday that he still has not been contacted by Kentucky about its vacant head-coaching job but, "If there was ever a situation I was contacted, that would be something I would have to think about."

Donovan was in Huntington, W. Va., on Wednesday night to speak at a fundraising event at Marshall University, where he began his head-coaching career 1994-96.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, Florida officials said, Kentucky had not asked for permission to speak with the coach of the two-time NCAA champions, although that's a courtesy, not a requirement. A spokeswoman at the office of Donovan's agent, Lonnie Cooper, said he would not comment on whether he has had conversations on Donovan's behalf. Donovan is scheduled to meet with UF athletic director Jeremy Foley today, then leave for a weeklong vacation Saturday.

"I'm going to take time to think of where I am in my life," he said. "That's not to say I'm not happy at the University of Florida. I love Florida. I love what we've been able to do. I love Jeremy Foley. . . . He gave me an opportunity at 30."

Donovan, 41, said he does not expect to make an announcement during the Gators' ceremony Friday night at the O'Connell Center to celebrate winning back-to-back national titles.

"I know I'm getting asked a lot of questions and I think eventually I'm going to have to make some answers on some things," he said. "I have to come out with something."

Antonya English can be reached at english@sptimes.com.