Billy Donovan just became the latest coach with SEC ties to change jobs, then change his mind in a matter of days. Coming off back-to-back NCAA basketball titles at Florida, he last week signed a $27.5 million, five-year contract with the NBA's Orlando Magic. According to published reports, however, he began regretting the decision within 24 hours after making it. That left Orlando's front office little choice but to void Donovan's contract, enabling him to return to the Gators sometime today.
If you close your eyes and sit very still, you can almost hear John Sebastian crooning these lyrics:
"Did you ever have to make up your mind?
"Pick up on one and leave the other one behind
"It's not often easy, and not often kind
"Did you ever have to make up your mind?"
The fact is, Donovan's waffling is nothing new. He is merely following a time-honored SEC tradition. Consider:
And, lest Tennessee fans forget, the Vols have hired a couple of assistant football coaches who barely stuck around long enough to unpack their suitcases. Secondary coach A.J. Christoff, hired by Johnny Majors in the 1980s, stayed about a week. Linebackers coach Andy McCollum, hired by Phillip Fulmer in 1995, left after spring practice and returned to Baylor.