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Following Tuesday morning’s Siemens Trophy presentation, a reporter joked if Billy Donovan would speak to Marshall University about its coaching position after his speaking engagement there Wednesday night.

“Another rumor,” Donovan replied, laughing.

Donovan began his head coaching career at Marshall from 1994-96 before taking Florida to unprecedented heights.

Donovan did make a strong pitch for his current associate coach Donnie Jones, who began his coaching career at Marshall as a graduate assistant in 1990 and worked two seasons under Donovan before following him to Florida in 1996.

Jones is considered one of the leading candidates for the job. As of last week, Jones said he had yet to be contacted by the school.

“I don’t know what direction Marshall is going to take,” Donovan said. “Donnie would certainly be an excellent choice. He’s a West Virginia guy. He has roots at Marshall and in the community and he’s an excellent recruiter.”