Donovan Issues Statement

Florida coach Billy Donovan has broken his silence and released his first public statement since accepting the coaching job with the Orlando Magic last Friday.

Billy Donovan's statement issued through the UF Sports Information Department:

"I have had and will continue to have the highest respect for the Orlando Magic, its organization, and its ownership. I realized in less than 24 hours after signing a contract with the Magic that I had made a mistake that had nothing to do with the Magic. Instead, I realized that, in my heart, I belonged in college basketball. As soon as I realized that, I contacted the Magic immediately to let them know. I have enormous respect for the Magic - including the DeVos family, the management, the team and the fans."

"In these circumstances, it would have been entirely unfair to the Magic and their fans to have continued on. Although this has been a difficult time for everyone, for which I am profoundly sorry, in my heart I know that this is the right thing for the Magic and for me. It's my admiration for the whole Magic organization that led me to this course of action. I believe that the Magic has a great future ahead of them, and I wish them all the best."

Donovan will address the media on Thursday.

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