ORLANDO -- Billy Donovan is happy in Gainesville, very happy in fact, but No. 1 Florida's coach acknowledged the next logical step on the coaching ladder still "intrigues" him.
“To me the NBA part of it for me is ‑‑ it's all basketball,” Donovan explained.
“I got into coaching because of the basketball piece of it, and there is an intrigue as it relates to that. One of the things that I think I've learned, when you try to project where your future is, where you're going to be, and you don't know because I don't have a crystal ball, all I can say is I am happy here at Florida. I love being here.”
A trip to Orlando has spurred memories of when Donovan spurned the Magic in 2007. Florida's coach agreed on a contract, only to change his mind and later walk away.
Donovan has remained at UF ever since -- 18 seasons since first accepting the job in 1996.
“It was just something internally I felt like this was where I needed to be,” said Donovan, remarking on his change of heart in 2007.
“Who knows where I'd be right now. I don't know. Maybe TV, maybe sitting on a beach somewhere? I don't know. I'm excited that I'm still at Florida and still having a chance to coach, and I'm happy that making that decision there's been a lot of things that I've had a chance to experience.”
Although Donovan wouldn’t commit to staying with the Gators forever, he was adamant he’s quite content -- for now.
“When you say a lifer, that means to me I'm never, every going to go anywhere and be there,” Donovan said.
“Who knows? They may get sick of me at Florida and want me to move on. But I don't like coming out making bold predictions or statements. I would say right now I'm extremely happy with my life right now at the University of Florida.”
And for that, Gators fans are extremely thankful.
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