School president confident Donovan will stay at Florida
ST. LOUIS -- University of Florida president Bernie Machen doesn't expect to lose coach Billy Donovan to Kentucky.
The Kentucky job opened up last week when Tubby Smith left for Minnesota.
Donovan is a former assistant at Kentucky under Rick Pitino.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and Machen have been working to get Donovan a new contract over the last year. Donovan delayed signing the deal believed to be worth about $2 million annually after Joakim Noah, Al Horford and Corey Brewer turned down NBA riches to return for their junior years.
Donovan has two years remaining on a contract that pays him $1.7 million a season. His next contract could be worth much more, especially if the Gators become the first team in 15 years to win consecutive national championships.
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