Donovan in no hurry to decide next move
ATLANTA -- Billy Donovan has a busy two weeks ahead, but one thing that's not on the agenda is a planned meeting with Kentucky.
That doesn't mean Donovan is definitely staying at Florida, but there was little indication late Monday night and into Tuesday morning that Donovan is leaving for Kentucky. All indications are that he is staying at Florida for a 12th year.
No one associated with Florida's administration or staff late Monday night and early Tuesday morning felt like he was leaving.
"Right now, the biggest thing I have to do is enjoy this moment, we have to enjoy this moment," Donovan said in a one-on-one interview with ESPN after winning the national championship for a second consecutive year.
"This doesn't happen too often," Donovan said. "The important thing to me right now is to share this with my players, my family. I don't have a timetable or anything like that."
Donovan will spend Tuesday receiving the Siemens national trophy and then flying home to Gainesville with the team in the afternoon. He said he has a speaking engagement at Marshall University, where he was once the coach, on Wednesday; he said he made the commitment a year ago to speak there. Huntington, W.Va., is the hometown of Patrick Patterson, the top unsigned player in the class of 2007, and Patterson is considering Florida and Kentucky among other schools.
Florida then will hold its national championship celebration Friday night at the O'Connell Center. On Saturday, Donovan, his family and his in-laws will head to the Dominican Republic for a week to celebrate his father-in-law's 70th birthday.
Sometime before he leaves for the Dominican, Donovan said he will meet with Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley. Donovan, who has two years remaining on his contract, is expected to be offered an extension that would match any reported offer from Kentucky. In other words, close to or more than $3 million annually.
"I haven't talked to anybody," Donovan reiterated. "I want to enjoy this. I know Jeremy Foley and I are going to talk [this week]. But right now, it's about these kids and this program getting to this point."
The players gave no indication that Donovan would leave, either.
"Why go to Kentucky?" junior Corey Brewer said. "When's the last time they won a national title?"
The answer: 1998. Florida has played in three national title games since then and Monday became the first team since Duke in 1992 to repeat.
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.
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