Dean of the SEC

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Billy Donovan has the most experience of any coach at this SEC Tournament and has won more SEC games than any other coach at this event.

Here’s a breakdown as we get ready for the first game of this year’s tourney.

Coach               Regular-season wins / Tourney wins / Total SEC wins

Billy Donovan           150                          18                              168

Rick Stansbury          114                          15                              129

Kevin Stallings           93                            7                               100

Bruce Pearl               65                            5                                 70

Andy Kennedy           38                             1                                 39

John Calipari              24                            3                                 27

John Pelphrey            25                             2                                 27

Darrin Horn               21                             0                                 21

Anthony Grant            18                             1                                 19

Trent Johnson             18                             1                                 19

Mark Fox                   14                             1                                  15

Tony Barbee                4                             0                                  4

5 COMMENTS

  1. FOR ALL BASKETBALL PROSPECTS’ CONSIDERATION (as well as GatorNation’s edification) —
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    HEAD BASKETBALL COACH COMPARISON: (UF Coach vs. Best Coach: Last Quarter-Century):
    >> BILLY DONOVAN (BD), [“Dean of the SEC,” aka: “Billy The Kid”], age 45.
    versus
    >> MIKE KRZYZEWSKI (MK), [“Dean of the ACC,” aka: “Coach-K,” “KrazyZooski,”], age 64.
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    >>BD’s 15-season Overall W-L record (thru 3/5/11): 355-145 (71.00%);
    seasonal avg. W-L record: 24-10 (rounded to nearest whole number).
    >>MK’s FIRST 15-season (“block”) W-L record: 362-142 (71.83%);
    seasonal avg. W-L record: 24-9 (rounded…).
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    >>BD had Thirteen 20+ win seasons (all consecutive).
    >>MK had Eleven 20+ win seasons (all consecutive).
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    >>BD had 2 losing seasons (WORST losing season: 13-17 {1st season}).
    >>MK had 3 losing seasons (BEST losing season: 13-18 {15th season}) — [BD’s “worst” losing season {1st yr.} was BETTER than MK’s “best” losing season {15th yr.}].
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    >>BD had two {or 3*} 30+ win seasons; (three {or 4*} 29+ seasons) — {*current season pending}.
    >>MK had three 30+ win seasons; (four 29+ seasons).
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    >>BD had 6 double-digit loss seasons.
    >>MK had 5 double-digit loss seasons.
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    >>BD’s post-seasons: NCAA: 11 (nine consecutive); NIT: 3; Missed: 1 (1st season).
    >>MK’s post-seasons: NCAA: 11 (all consecutive); NIT: 1; Missed: 3 (incl. 15th season).
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    >>BD’s first trip to the NCAA Tourney was in his 3rd season (Sweet Sixteen).
    >>MK’s first trip to the NCAA Tourney was in his 4th season (Second Round).
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    >>BD’s first trip to the Final Four was in his 4th season (Runner-Up).
    >>MK’s first trip to the Final Four was in his 6th season (Runner-Up).
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    >>BD won his first NCAA Championship in his 10th season.
    >>MK won his first NCAA Championship in his 11th season.
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    >>BD won 2 NCAA Championships (consecutive).
    >>MK won 2 NCAA Championships (consecutive).
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    >>BD coaches in a real college basketball arena (albeit, multipurpose): O’Connell Center (1980; 12,700 cap.).
    >>MK coaches in a glorified high school gymnasium: Cameron “Stadium” (1940; 9,400 cap.).
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    We all stand on the shoulders of those who’ve gone before, building and hopefully improving upon what they’ve wrought. Who’s shoulders do these two Coaches stand upon??
    Coach-K (MK) stepped into an established, tradition-rich basketball program with a consistent history of success; one capable of boasting an impressive composite winning-percentage (WP) of 66.6% (apropos for a team named Blue DEVILS) dating all the way back to the beginning of the tenure of their coach during WWII (1942-43), and which only had three losing seasons since that time (39 yrs.) – an average of one losing season every 13 years.
    [Note: I chose a point during WWII as a common marker for comparison sake, because UF’s basketball stats prior to WWII (the hoops program began in 1915) were incomplete and not readily available].
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    Even before then (WWII), Duke’s hoops composite winning percentage from that time all the way back to the program’s inception in 1905 averaged 63.6%. Their overall composite WP prior to the Coach-K era (“pre-K”) was 65.5% (from seasons 1905-06 thru 1979-80). Obviously, a very consistent program historically committed to winning. Their winning tradition started early, but didn’t stop there.
    Their seasonal avg. W-L record (“pre-K”) was 15-8 (rounded up from 14.6 – 7.7 {65.5%}).
    [Needless to say, fewer games/season were played back then].
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    Billy D. (BD) stepped into an ill-established UF program that, in stark contrast, had precious little to boast of and even less tradition, save one of being historically inconsistent and, with few exceptions, largely mediocre. UF’s pre-Donovan (“pre-D”) years had a composite WP of ~52.3% (dating back to ~1946) and 19 losing seasons (since 1953) – an average of 1 losing season every two to three (2.32) years! The “winning” seasons were rarely inspiring, though. Their seasonal avg. W-L record was a meager, if not dismal, 13-12 (rounded down from 13.4 – 12.2 {~52.3%}). Billy D. commenced and has consistently maintained UF’s relatively new-found winning “tradition,” and because of his knack for spawning successful Head Coaches (coupled with our awesome Athletic Director Jeremy Foley’s long-standing commitment to excellence), it will likely not end with him!
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    MK’s first 15-season “block” W-L record (362-142) only raised Duke’s “pre-K” overall (composite) winning percentage (WP) by a paltry 1.4% (from 65.5% to 66.9%), barely bumping up the Blue Devils’ seasonal avg. W-L record from 15-8 to 16-8 (rounded down from 16.2 – 8.0 {66.9%}).
    BD’s 15-season W-L record (351-144; thru 2/12/11), however, raised UF’s overall WP by a whopping ~5.1% (from ~52.3% to ~57.4%), jumping the Gators’ seasonal avg. W-L record from 13-12 to almost 16-12 (rounded up from 15.6 – 11.6 {~57.4%}).
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    “Billy The Kid’s” (BD’s) 15-season record (thru 2/12/11), though ever-so-slightly behind “KrazyZooski’s” (MK’s) record, nonetheless has had roughly a 250% greater impact on the UF basketball program’s “pre-D” seasonal avg. W-L record than “Krzy’s” (MK’s) virtually identical 15-season record had on Duke’s “pre-K” seasonal avg. W-L record!
    It’s not surprising that BD’s performance had a greater impact on the Gators’ Hoops program than MK’s comparable performance had on Duke’s, considering their programs’ respective histories, BUT for BD to get virtually identical results from his fledgling, upstart Gators as MK got from his “vaunted” Blue Devils – and in most categories, slightly better or sooner – is, quite frankly, astonishing!!!!!!!
    Considering what these two coaches had (or not) at their respective disposal, it’s evident that Billy Donovan didn’t merely outperform Mike Krzyzewski in his respective “first” 15 seasons (and by far, comparatively),… the man has been performing virtual miracles in Gatortown!!!
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    IF Billy Donovan tarries (beyond the remaining two years on his current contract), and his performance continues to closely mimic Coach-K’s pattern, whose last 15 seasons (82.45% WP) were even better than his first 15-season “block,” then it’s gonna be a wild, exhilarating ride [again!] in G’ville this next decade, or so!
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    DEAR PROSPECT-RECRUIT: I hope the above facts (statistical comparisons), coupled with US News & World Report’s (US News.com) 2011 academic ranking of UF at #53 (Duke, #9; Georgetown, #21; UCLA, #25; UNC, #30; Texas, #45; {UF, #53}; Syracuse, #55; Ohio State, #56; Pitt., #64; UConn., #69; Mich.St., #79; Kansas, #104; Ariz., #120; Kentucky, #129; Louisville, #176), help to put things into perspective and contribute to your making an informed decision (there are more so-called “basketball schools” ranked below {inferior to} UF – academically – than above us!).
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    Lastly, do not overlook the WEATHER factor!
    We are the University of Florida!!…
    … FLORIDA, I said!!!
    Need I say more?!?
    The state’s flagship university, UF is also far enough north in The Sunshine State to have mildly cool Autumns (Fall) and chilly, short-lived “Winters” (the two football “seasons”).
    Unlike the above-mentioned schools, we…
    … are completely unaffected by the Noreaster blizzards of the NE & upper midwest,
    … don’t suffer from the daily temperature extremes that plague the desert SW (incl, TX),
    … are not prone to the severe flooding common to the mountainous northern-tiered Southern States,
    … are far from the stormy plains of tornado alley,
    … never worry about the ground under our feet shifting or roof over our heads crumbling from earthquakes, and…
    … realize that the weather steering-currents, historically, have made the Carolinas (and the Northern Gulf and Texas coasts) statistically more susceptible to hurricanes than Florida (hence the NHL hockey team name: Carolina Hurricanes).
    As for Florida’s summer heat and humidity, I can attest as a former north-easterner that they actually get HOTTER than Florida and ALMOST as humid. Temps. here only occasionally reach the MID-90’s, whereas the NE commonly soars into the UPPER-90’s!
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    To quote Mick Hubert, the voice of the Gators: “BOOK IT!”
    ‘Nuff said!
    GO GATORS!.
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    IGTBAG! (It’s Great To Be A Gator!)
    Ciao