REPORT: Billy is Back!

After a whirlwind of rumors, speculation and press conferences since early last week, the Orlando Sentinel reports that the Orlando Magic will allow Billy Donovan out of his five-year $27.5 million contract so he can return to Florida.

The Orlando Magic vice president of communications Joel Glass says the dialogue is still ongoing.

"While Central Florida, the Orlando Magic and Billy were energized with the announcement of his contract signing on Friday, we know there was a different feeling in Gainesville and people have been tugging at him since that time. Billy is conflicted with those emotions and the opportunity he has ahead in Orlando and in the NBA. We've had numerous conversations and a personal visit in Gainesville with Billy over the last 48 hours and we have a commitment from him that the dialogue between us will continue."

Billy Donovan made the difficult decision to leave Florida last Thursday. The coach of the back-to-back national champions said he was happy with his position with the Gators, but was making his decision based on the possibility that his feelings would change down the road.

Immediately after the national championship, Donovan turned down offers from both the University of Kentucky and the NBA's Memphis Grizzles.

Sources say Donovan wanted his former assistant and current Virginia Commonwealth coach Anthony Grant to be his successor. The University of Florida began talks with Grant this weekend, but there appeared to be no progress. will continue to follow the developments. full coverage of Donovan's departure:

  • VETTEL: All About Challenges
  • Grant Expected to be Named New Head Coach
  • Donovan Accepts offer to Coach Magic
  • Donovan Struggling With Decision
  • Anthony Grant Issues Statement
  • Is He Coming Back?

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