Donovan stays at Florida. Not a huge shock, but still a decision that certainly upsets the Big Blue Nation. We got wind of this possibility late yesterday and mentioned it on the air. Later we were assured that the source was wrong, but it turns out….they were right. Donovan never officially talked to UK (although his people certainly did) and he makes the decision to stay in Gainesville. Hopefully we all learn a lesson about internet “sources” and how serious we must take them. We now move on, and are ready to “smell the roses” for the next candidate.
Rick Barnes and Billy Gillispie are likely next on the list. ESPN saying Barnes….I am pulling for Gillispie. We shall see
Official Statement of Mitch Barnhart
“Throughout this process, our focus has been on finding the right person to lead college basketball’s most storied program. We have had productive conversations with various individuals over the last two weeks, and it’s obvious there are a number of outstanding coaches who could succeed at Kentucky. With the nation’s most passionate fan support and unmatched facilities, I’m confident we’ll find the right man.
“I had a conversation with Billy Donovan today to gauge any interest he might have in the head coaching position at Kentucky. Billy informed me that he intends to stay in Gainesville. As a former UK assistant, we wish him the very best.
“Obviously, finding the right coach is more important than finding the next coach quickly. Patience remains a priority as we continue to identify the best individual to lead the Big Blue Nation.”