GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida coach Billy Donovan is staying. His star players are leaving. Donovan spurned a chance to return to Kentucky and take over the tradition-rich program, saying today that he hopes to build the same in Gainesville.
He'll have to do it without Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford and Joakim Noah. The four juniors will enter the N-B-A draft.
Donovan and the foursome led the Gators to consecutive national championships, capping the coach's 11 years and setting the foundation for a program he hopes will someday be mentioned with the likes of Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke and U-C-L-A.
Donovan opened a news conference confirming the four players were headed to the N-B-A.
The Gators became the first team to win back-to-back titles since Duke in 1992. But following Monday night's 84-75 victory against Ohio State, Donovan's future had become the biggest question mark surrounding Florida.
Donovan acknowledged interest in the Kentucky job this week, saying he had a lot of admiration for the Wildcats. But he also said he intended to stay in Gainesville.