April 4, 2014 |
DALLAS - The favorites at this Final Four could not have been built any differently. Florida starts four seniors and a sophomore. Kentucky starts five freshmen. Therefore, Florida coach Billy Donovan must stand for truth, justice, the American way and, of course, academic integrity while Kentucky coach John Calipari must be gaming the system, having his school act as a station stop for players taking a few classes on the way to the NBA. To accept the narrative, you must also believe that the revenue-producing college sports are about something other than revenue.
April 10, 2013 |
Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright's salary is $2,290,346, 10th among coaches who made the NCAA Tournament, according to USA Today . Temple's Fran Dunphy's salary of $724,557 was 40th and La Salle's John Giannini's salary of $426,230 was 47th. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski was the top paid at $7,233,976, followed by Louisville's Rick Pitino ($4,078,327), Kansas' Bill Self ($4,750,763), Michigan State's Tom Izzo ($3,220,769) and Florida's Billy Donovan ($3,689,200). The newspaper obtained salary information from 62 of the 68 competing schools.
April 1, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Trey Burke was a 16-month-old toddler the last time Michigan was playing this late in the NCAA tournament. That regional final 19 years ago, a loss that ended the Fab Five era, was played in a building that no longer exists. Where Reunion Arena once stood near downtown Dallas is now a vacant lot about 20 minutes from where the Wolverines finally get another chance to get back to the Final Four. "It's definitely crazy," Burke said Saturday. "Just to get this program moving back in the right direction means a lot to us. " No. 4 seed Michigan (29-7)
April 16, 2012 |
FORMER SIXERS coach Larry Brown interviewed for the head-coaching job at Southern Methodist on Sunday, according to multiple reports. If he's hired it would be the 14th head-coaching job of his nomadic career. And yes that's counting his first gig with Davidson in 1972 — even though he left there without ever coaching a game. The 71-year-old Brown, who coached the Sixers from 1997-2003, hasn't been in the game since December 2010 when he was fired by the Bobcats. SMU, which axed Matt Doherty last month after six seasons, hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 1993.
March 26, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Once upon a time, Billy Donovan took Rick Pitino on an improbable ride to the Final Four. Twenty-five years later, Pitino is heading back after another unbelievable run - one capped with an amazing late-game rally that left his old protege wondering what the heck happened. Freshman forward Chane Behanan made the go-ahead basket with 1:06 left Saturday and Pitino's fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals outscored Florida by 15 points over the final 10 minutes for a 72-68 victory in the West Regional final.
March 25, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Rick Pitino nearly came unhinged and his point guard watched the end of the game from the bench. When it was over, though, it was Pitino and Louisville making plans for the Final Four and his protege Billy Donovan and Florida wondering what the heck just happened. Chane Behanan made the go-ahead basket with 1 minute, 4 seconds left Saturday and the fourth-seeded Cardinals finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Donovan's stunned Gators in the West Regional final.
March 24, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Billy Donovan knew a bad idea when he heard one. Put on this cowboy hat and these spurs and we'll take a picture of you, his coach told him. Maybe we'll even put it on the front of the team program. "I was not happy about doing that," Donovan said. Rick Pitino rarely steered him wrong, though. A quarter-century since that fateful photo, Donovan has become a championship coach with a legacy, and the guy who made him dress up that day isn't doing so badly himself.
November 29, 2011 |
THE WIFE of fired Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine will make a statement today challenging the implications of a tape recording of a 2002 telephone conversation with her husband's accuser that appears to show she knew of alleged sexual abuse of boys, her nephew said yesterday. "She'll even say that's her voice," nephew Matt Govendo said, but she will allege that sections of the tape "are all tampered with. " Fine's initial accuser, former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis, 39, denied that the tape had been altered.
October 4, 2008 |
Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan signed a six-year contract extension yesterday, 16 months after he returned to Gainesville following a brief stint with the NBA's Orlando Magic. The deal is worth more than $19.5 million before incentives. Donovan, who is 285-115 in 12 seasons with the Gators, took the head coaching job with the Magic in May 2007 before returning to Florida a few days later after a much-publicized change of heart. The Wisconsin marching band has been suspended while allegations of hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct are investigated.
June 8, 2007 |
The Orlando Magic have their man . . . again. This time, it's Stan Van Gundy. Billy Donovan says he feels "terrible" about all the confusion, but insists Florida is where he belongs. The Magic finally resolved its coaching quandary yesterday, ending a rough 2 weeks in which the team fired Brian Hill, pulled off the Donovan coup, then watched the bottom drop out on nearly everything. Orlando was lucky to reel in Van Gundy - its second choice from the beginning - because the Sacramento Kings were pursuing the former Miami Heat coach.