I know a few of my classmates at Florida have already written about Billy Donovan’s departure from Florida but I also wanted to touch on it and put my opinion out there. This is a huge loss for a program that Donovan brought into the national relevance. Donovan made UF one of the few colleges in the country to field a national championship contender for both football and men’s basketball. Now that Donovan is gone the program is very much so up in the air. The Gators did not have their best season last year after having to replace almost everyone from a great 2013-2014 season. So that begs me to ask…..
How Will Florida Basketball Fair Without Billy Donovan?
After 19 seasons with the Florida Gators Men’s Basketball team, the Billy Donovan era has come to an end. Donovan finished his time at the University of Florida with a 467-185 career record (.715 winning percentage). Donovan led the team to back to back National Championships in 2006 and 2007 along with SEC Championships in 2000, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2014. Under Donovan the Gators were able to reach the final four in the 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2014 seasons. In 2011, 2013 and 2014 he was named SEC Coach of the year, (per Gatorzone.com).
Many Gators’ fans found themselves wondering who could possibly fill such a large void left by a man who changed the atmosphere of Florida Basketball? Athletic Director Jeremy Foley went out and snagged Louisiana Tech’s Head Basketball Coach Mike White. The 38-year-old enters Florida with an overall record of 101-40 in 4 seasons as Lousiana Tech’s Head basketball coach, (per sports.yahoo.com).
We have seen it so many times before, a mid-major coach making the transition into a big time school. Many Coaches have succeeded, but others have failed. How will Coach White handle the move? Only time will tell. With arguably one of the better Athletic Directors in college sports, Gator fans can rest easy. Fans can only hope this works out better than Foley’s hire of football coach Will Muschamp to replace Urban Meyer.
University of Florida ’19