Billy D's Future in Florida Perhaps in Question

The Gators are playing in the Elite Eight tomorrow, and are in the midst of becoming the first team since Duke in the early 90s to take back-to-back National Titles in college basketball. However, that may not be the only thing on Billy Donovan's mind come Sunday's match up with the Oregon Ducks.

Of course we all know that Tubby Smith has moved on to the University of Minnesota and left a vacancy at one of the most prestigious basketball programs in the country.  And with that we are all well aware of the link Billy Donovan has to the University of Kentucky and why he would perhaps take that position if it became a possibility.

Billy Donovan has not come out and said he will be back in Gainesville next season, perhaps trying to use this situation as leverage in a future contract extension with the University of Florida -- or perhaps he's just trying to not go down the same path that Nick Saban did a few months ago by stating he was staying in Miami, then bolting off to coach the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"That is not my place at all," Donovan said, when asked to talk about the UK situation. "The second thing is there are people there at the University of Kentucky that are hired to do a job. That's their thing. My total focus right now is on our basketball team and coaching them and that's it. And there's going to be speculation and people are going to talk about that stuff, but for me to come out and talk about something that I have no control over I think is inappropriate on my part."

Donovan, in his 11th season at UF and a former UK assistant for five years, never said he wouldn't consider the job on the podium at the postgame press conference or later in the locker room.

"I'm the head coach at the University of Florida," he said. "I love being here. I love coaching these teams. We've got an opportunity to go to the Final Four on Sunday. That's where my focus is. . . . Those are not my decisions, and I can't have any control over that.

"I think people like talking about it, but my whole thing is, if there's coaching vacancies right now, you guys need to go talk to the guys that are making the decision. What do I have do with it? I've got nothing to do with any of this stuff."


These comments leave a lot to be discussed, because they neither sound like he is leaving the University or Florida or not.  You could take either outcomes out of this piece of text, so it really is a situation where we will have to "wait and see" -- which will either come when the Gators win the National Championship or are knocked out of the tournament over the next three possible games.

With this in mind, Kentucky fans around the web seem to be pretty confident they will be seeing Billy D roaming the Rupp Sidelines next season -- of course when you read things on messageboard from people who are usually "wannabe insiders," you have to take the info with a grain of salt.

I said it was a slight chance a couple of days ago when Tubby bolted out of Lexington to the Twin Cities -- I still think that the chances are small, but in my eyes the possibility may be a little bit bigger than I originally thought.

As always you can check out A Sea of Blue on the SB Nation for Wildcats coverage.

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