The wild card in all this is Anthony Grant. He would certainly take over the Florida program if Donovan left, but I'm surprised he's not getting more consideration for the Kentucky job than he is. He's young, energetic, and has been a part of highly successful SEC teams in the recent past.
So it appears the Wildcats have fired a coach that didn't get them to the Tournament this year to hire a coach that didn't get his team to the Tournament for two years running. Per news reports, Kentucky has their man in Billy Donovan. Of course, we'll have to wait and see what happens. Donovan agreed to leave Florida to coach the Magic a few years back before backing out and coming back to Florida.
Now there's this, stating that Billy Donovan is expected to release a statement today saying he is NOT a candidate for the Kentucky job. This would certainly be good news in Tuscaloosa as it would greatly increase the chance that Anthony Grant leaves VCU for the vacant Tide position. Looks like Kentucky fans picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
It's not just the fans in Lexington that are crazy. This is absolutely despicable behavior.
Donovan has officially denied it now.
In a statement from coach Billy Donovan, he said, “In response to the rumors circulating about my interest in other jobs, I wanted to address this as quickly as possible," Donovan said. "I am committed to the University of Florida and look forward to continuing to build our program here."UK fans have to be wondering if they're going to fall flat on their faces like they did two years ago when they settled on Gillispie.
Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports is reporting that Anthony Grant has accepted the Alabama coaching job, which is a home run for them. It also means two things for UK fans - Grant is off the market for them and Donovan is definitely not going anywhere.