Billy Donovan: Lord of the Rings doesn't show off

Thu, Mar 17

Look at Billy Donovan's hands on television on Thursday.

Although he has won two national titles (2006, 2007) at the University of Florida, Donovan doesn't wear either championship ring. Ever.

"I don't really think about material things like that. I focus more on the process you go through with these kids," said Donovan, who is coaching his Gators against the University of California at Santa Barbara at 6:50 p.m. ET Thursday. "Those rings of mine are in a nice cabinet in my house. Why would I wear them?"

That gives you a little glimpse into Donovan, who at 45 says he's a long ways from retiring. He flirted with the NBA in 2007 when he took over the head-coaching job of the Orlando Magic but quickly regretted it a few days later and returned to Gainesville.

And now he is committed more than ever to bring another championship to Florida.

"It's funny that society loves to put a label on you when you win a championship, that all of a sudden you have value and it brings worth to your life," said Donovan, who is married with four children. "Do I want to win another championship? Of course. But I love the fact that I'm meeting people that bring value to my life. I'm just here hoping to teach kids what it takes to win."

And what about fans who think you look like television character Eddie Munster?

"I think it's pretty funny they call me that. I know they make signs in arenas and stuff. It's really a joke," Donovan said. "It's all in good fun. They are having a good time. I'm having a good time. Do you think I look like him?"