Another day, another major college basketball program wooing UF coach Billy Donovan.
On Tuesday, the Eugene Register-Guard reported that Oregon is putting together a strong financial package to try to lure Billy Donovan away from Florida.
A Florida athletic department official said Tuesday that Oregon has yet to ask for permission to speak with Donovan.
The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Donovan turned down a $3 million per year deal to coach at St. John’s. But the same UF official claimed the report was false.
Could Oregon potentially offer more money? The Ducks are strongly backed by Nike founder and OU alum Phil Knight. It is said that Oregon wants a big name to replace Ernie Kent, who was fired after 13 seasons. Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon, Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Texas A&M’s Mark Turgeon also have been mentioned as possible candidates.
Donovan is still at his vacation home in Crescent Beach an unavailable for comment. He just completed the third year of a six-year contract extension that pays him an average of $3.3 million annually.
Donovan, 44, posted one of the biggest wins in his career against Oregon. Florida beat the Ducks in the 2007 Elite Eight on the path to its second straight national title.