LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Once Billy Donovan is officially released from his contract with the Orlando Magic, he’ll become even more beloved on the Gainesville campus.
It’s currently in the hands of the lawyers, but Donovan could soon be out of his NBA deal and free to return to college.
“They will love him,” Marshall said. “He just won two national championships and he just turned down $5.5 million per year to stay with them. Trust me, they’ll love him.”
A couple hours away, in Orlando, it’ll be a different story.
Donovan, 42, will take his share of hits — both in Orlando and nationally — because of his change of heart. However, people will eventually forget. When people think about Rick Majerus, they think of a guy who achieved success at Utah rather than one who walked away from the USC job. Bill Belichick’s name conjures up memories of a Super Bowl coach rather than someone who walked away from the New York Jets gig a day after taking it.
Let’s face it. Donovan loves to over-analyze situations. His ego isn’t inflated like some of his peers, where he doesn’t ask for advice. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Donovan yearns to do as much homework and he can before making decisions. And in this case, the word he was getting was that he would never be hotter — and to take the job with the Magic.