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Donovan, Gators optimistic about future

Originally Published: October 27, 2009
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Just two years ago, the college basketball world seemed to revolve around Florida's Billy Donovan.

After guiding the Gators to consecutive national championships in 2006 and '07, Donovan was Kentucky's first choice to replace departed coach Tubby Smith after the 2006-07 season. Donovan turned down the tradition-rich Wildcats, but then signed a five-year, $27.5-million contract in June 2007 to coach the NBA's Orlando Magic.

Of course, Donovan changed his ...

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