Billy Donovan has name card for postgame press conference misspelled


Florida advanced to the Sweet 16 on Saturday with a convincing 61-45 win over Pittsburgh. Gators coach Billy Donovan had to be pleased with the way his team played on both sides of the ball, but he was probably not that thrilled with the name card he was sitting behind during his postgame press conference.

Somehow, the person who printed Donovan’s name card spelled his last name “Donavan.” Go figure — we haven’t heard about any issues spelling “Krzyzewski” during tournament games, but someone screws up one of the most common names in the country. Donovan poked fun at the error.

Expect proper spelling in the Sweet 16 and potentially beyond.

Photo: Twitter/Chris Harry

Brad Stevens Says Billy Donovan Outcoached Him in Butler Upset

After Butler pulled off a shocking comeback and overtime win over Florida in the Elite 8 Saturday, Bulldogs coach Brad Stevens embraced Billy Donovan and said the Florida coach outcoached him. His words and praise were quite surprising given the way Butler came back to win the game, and the words were probably a weak consolation for Donovan.

A day later, Stevens appeared on CBS and explained why he said that. “I’ve just got a lot of respect for them,” Stevens said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him. I thought they did a great job. It’s another one of these games that comes down to the last possessions and our guys’ will to win just kind of carried us through.”

Stevens may be generous and kind towards Florida in victory, but I’ll say what he didn’t: he outcoached Donovan. When Butler was down by nine with seven minutes left, Stevens went to his bench for a lift and got it in the form of a three-pointer from Chrishawn Hopkins. Then, the most egregious offense by Donovan was allowing his team to slow things down offensively and stop going for points to maintain their lead. The lack of aggression from the Gators allowed Butler to charge back and seize momentum.

Lastly, Florida was hurt by Erving Walker in a similar fashion that William Buford hurt Ohio State. Walker was 1-for-10 and only had four assists, hardly creating for his teammates. It was the worst time for the 39% three-point shooter to go cold and it cost his team. Ultimately, Stevens was being generous and unnecessarily gave credit to Donovan because he was not outcoached in the game.

Magic Letting Donovan Off the Hook

According to a report from the Orlando Sentinel as of early Monday morning.

The Orlando Magic today will allow Billy Donovan out of his 5-year, $27.5 million contract that he signed on Friday.

“It’s over,” said a source close to the situation.

Unless Donovan wakes up today and changes his mind, the Magic will let him go, the source said.

Yeah, they’ll let him go it says. But what the report does not mention is whether or not there will be any financial retribution owed by Donovan. The confusion comes in depending on which report you believe. According to Andy Katz of ESPN, Donovan actually signed the deal on Friday for $27.5 million over 5 years. Jeff Goodman of foxsports.com cites an AP report that the contract was only agreed upon, not signed. If you go with Goodman’s report, it will be much easier for Donovan to head back to Florida. If you go by Katz’s report, he’ll have to come to a financial agreement in order to leave Orlando.

Here’s where I stand. If you’re the Magic, you’re certainly pissed, but you have to let the guy go. You can’t force a man to stay and coach if he does not want to be there. However, you did sell over 200 season tickets the day he was signed, and you were also delayed by a week or so in your search for a new coach based on the belief that you had found your man. So Donovan definitely owes the Magic an inconvenience fee. Luckily Orlando has plenty of time to make their next move (which appears to be Stan Van Jeremy Gundy). Heck, if divorcees get compensated for marriages that last only a day, then so should basketball teams.