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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Billy Donovan Locks His Players Out

In a move quite similar to Tom Izzo recently, Billy Donovan played the “you don’t deserve to wear the ___ uniform” card on his squad. That’s right, after Florida lost to Bama in the opening round of the SEC tournament last week (perhaps a result guided by fate?), the Gators became essentially eliminated from tourney consideration. This display coming off back-to-back national championships for Florida. Needless to say, Count Donovan was not to happy with his team. As a result, he kicked his players out of their practice facility.

That wasn’t all — Donovan also prevented his players from wearing Gator gear, feeling they didn’t deserve to. The move was apparently similar to what Urban Meyer did with the football team in 2005 when he prevented those players from wearing Gator garb. While I’m not in the Gators locker room (and apparently, neither are the players), I can’t completely speak about what’s going on. But I do think players can begin to feel a sense of entitlement upon enrolling in a certain school. If you think about it, it wasn’t really these guys who earned the back-to-back national titles. Nice of Donovan to remind them of this fact when some athletes might have taken their greatness for granted.

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