This entire season I've been impressed with the patience shown by Billy Donovan towards a team that at times had no clue what they were doing. Well, that patience ran out last night. From Mark Schlabach at ESPN...
Holy crap. It gets better or worse, depending on if you're a fan of dark comedy.
Donovan addressed the talent issue. Mainly that it appeared that many of his guys thought they could just out-talent people and win.
"I don't think you ever see it," Donovan said. "I know exactly what I want in a player. I know the makeup I want. We've got good players. They're good players. But they're not so good that we can be [so bad on defense] and really expect to win."
I really don't know how to react to this. I mean, it's one thing if I throw the team under the bus. It's something else when Donovan already has them under the wheels. I think that maybe Donovan got into a comfort zone with the previous era and is coaching the same way. He needs to change because he isn't going to find a group of guys like the Oh Fours. Hell, he may not even find a Humphrey or Richard.
Donovan's comments will have some legs and it may take a lot from him to remove the sting they have. But, I can't help but think of the context. The last time Florida was in that building, they won their second National Championship. This time, they looked like they couldn't win a JV championship.
We've fallen a long way, folks. Let's hope this is the bottom.