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Florida Hires Mike White As Head Coach

May 7, 2015 8:01 PM

Florida has hired Mike White to replace Billy Donovan as head coach.

"I have an incredible amount of respect for the University of Florida, and I am so excited to be a Gator," White said in a statement. "Not only is Florida home for me, but the tradition and success that the Gators have built make this an incredible opportunity."


White agreed in principle to a six-year deal worth an average of $2 million per year.

White is considered a rising star in the business despite failing to get to the NCAA tournament in his four seasons at Louisiana Tech. He is the son of Duke athletic director Kevin White and took the Bulldogs program to the NIT in each of the past three seasons.


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Thunder Hired Two Former Donovan Staffers Within Past 12 Months

Apr 30, 2015 1:28 PM

Sam Presti and Billy Donovan have had a very close relationship for several years and the roots of the Oklahoma City Thunder hiring him as head coach may have been in the making for some time.

The Thunder hired two members of Billy Donovan's staff at Florida within the past 12 months.

The Thunder hired Mark Saigneault as coach of the Thunder D-League team, while Oliver Winterbone was hired as a data analyst.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan Hired By Thunder As Head Coach

Apr 30, 2015 11:56 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Billy Donovan have agreed upon a five-year deal for him to become their next head coach.

The Thunder have been searching for a replacement for Scott Brooks.

Donovan has had a relationship with Sam Presti for a decade.

Donovan has never coached in the NBA before, but has won two national championships at Florida.

Donovan's deal will be worth approximately $30 million.

"I'm very excited to learn from him and get better from him and do my best to do whatever he tells me to do," said Kevin Durant to ESPN's Royce White. Durant also reached out to Chandler Parsons and Mike Miller for information on Donovan, who played for him at Florida.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan, Thunder Close To Agreement

Apr 29, 2015 4:21 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Billy Donovan have begun discussions on the framework of a contract for him to become head coach.

There's confidence from both sides that a deal can be reached.

Donovan could command an annual salary in the $6 million range to leave Florida. He makes $4 million-plus annually with no state income tax at Florida.

Sam Presti only has Donovan as a serious candidate.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Wednesday evening that the Thunder and Donovan are nearing agreement and a deal could be announced as soon as Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

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Thunder, Billy Donovan Begin Discussions For Coaching Job

Apr 29, 2015 8:26 AM

Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder have opened a dialogue about the team's vacant coaching position, according to sources.

The Thunder's job became available a week ago after the dismissal of Scott Brooks.

Donovan is widely regarded as the clear favorite to succeed Brooks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Florida Gators, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan, Kevin Ollie Emerge As Serious Candidates For Thunder

Apr 22, 2015 2:40 PM

Billy Donovan is believed to be a serious candidate to replace Scott Brooks as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that Donovan recently worked on background research on Kevin Durant.

Durant will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Donovan has won two national championships at Florida and had previously agreed to coach the Orlando Magic before ultimately deciding to remain in Gainesville.

Kevin Ollie also has interest in the Thunder job. Ollie was teammates with many of the Thunder, including Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan Considering Move To NBA

Apr 2, 2015 1:43 PM

Billy Donovan is interested in leaving Florida for the NBA more than ever before, according to sources.

Donovan figures to draw interest from multiple NBA teams this offseason.

Donovan recently agreed to a one-year contract extension to stay with the Gators through the 2020 season, according to multiple media reports, but the contract contains a buyout for a mere $500,000 if an NBA opportunity arises. 


Donovan rejected serious interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers last offseason.

The Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic currently employ interim coaches and both are expected to have Donovan on their list of targets.

No longer is Donovan barred from considering NBA offers as he was from 2007-08 through 2012-13, after he agreed to a noncompete clause spanning five years in exchange for being released from the contract he signed with the Magic.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Michael Frazier Leaving Florida For NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2015 12:12 PM

Michael Frazier is leaving Florida for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Frazier will hire Andy Miller and Matt Ramker to represent him.

Frazier averaged 12.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 14-15.

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Tags: Michael Frazier, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Bobby Portis, Cauley-Stein, Towns Headline 2015 SEC Awards

Mar 10, 2015 1:23 PM

Bobby Portis of Arkansas has been named the 2015 SEC Player of the Year.

Joining Portis on the First Team All-SEC are Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns, LSU's Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin, Stefan Moody of Ole Miss, Josh Richardson of Tennessee, Danuel House of Texas A&M and Damian Jones of Vanderbilt.

On the Second Team All-SEC are Devin Booker, Dorian Finney-Smith, K.T. Harrell, Aaron Harrison, Jalen Jones, Michael Qualls, Levi Randolph, Craig Sword and Marcus Thornton.

Cauley-Stein won Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Towns was named Freshman of the Year.

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