One-Handed Florida Freshman Makes College Basketball Debut

Zach Hodskins is a walk-on freshman basketball player at Florida, and he made his season debut in the final two minutes of last night's season-opening 68-45 blowout of William & Mary. Nothing in that previous sentence is all that out of the ordinary, but this is: Zach Hodskins only has one hand. The above video… » 11/15/14 1:40pm 11/15/14 1:40pm

25 Years After Run With Providence, Rick Pitino And Billy Donovan Fight…

The built-in storyline for this afternoon's Louisville-Florida game is the connection between the two head coaches. In 1987, Rick Pitino coached a Providence team, lead by point guard Billy Donovan, to the Final Four by exploiting the new rules-change that created the three-point shot. There are several stories » 3/24/12 3:37pm 3/24/12 3:37pm

Listen To These Florida Basketball Players Woozily Plot How To Get Out…

Two basketball players from the University of Florida — freshman Cody Larson, 18, and sophomore Erik Murphy, 19 — were charged with breaking into a car early Sunday morning. Team manager Joshua Adel was charged with principal to burglary for acting as a lookout as the two followed up on a failed attempt to shake… » 4/13/11 5:15pm 4/13/11 5:15pm

The Florida Basketball Team Has No Comment On Premarital Sex

A reporter for the Orlando Sentinel attended the Florida Gators' press conference yesterday to ask Billy Donovan and Chandler Parsons about premarital sex, and then he wrote nearly 800 words about how the BYU honor code "lifted college athletics up." Donovan passed on the question — "How hard would it be to recruit… » 3/24/11 12:30pm 3/24/11 12:30pm

Baseball Fans Search For Loopholes On Billy Donovan Night

We are not here to mock you, Billy Donovan. Yes, you backed out of your $27.5 million deal to coach the Orlando Magic; but we feel your pain. Steve Spurrier feels your pain. Homer and Ned feel your pain. And the Fort Myers Miracle minor league baseball team, they ... well, OK, they're here to mock you. As you might… » 6/14/07 11:45am 6/14/07 11:45am

The Enigma That Is Billy Donovan

Well, now that lawyers are involved, we can reclassify the Billy Donovan saga from curiously entertaining to officially ugly. We'd love to know the real reason that Donovan balked on his Orlando Magic contract a mere two days after signing it; did he discover the team's troubling history of unprovoked attacks on its… » 6/05/07 11:45am 6/05/07 11:45am

Donovan, Beckham Each Politely Request A Mulligan

It's buyer's remorse day here at Who's Sorry Now, as Billy Donovan and David Beckham each ask the musical question: What exactly is the cooling off period for switching high-profile sports jobs? In Donovan's case, on Friday he decided to leave the Florida Gators to take the Orlando Magic job, then took stock of his… » 6/04/07 11:00am 6/04/07 11:00am

Gators Deal With The Loss Of Billy Boy

Now that Billy Donovan has officially left the Florida Gators for the Orlando Magic — and EDSBS has been quiet so far — we thought we'd ask the biggest Gators fan we knew, Dan Shanoff, to describe how he's feeling. Here are his words. » 6/01/07 11:00am 6/01/07 11:00am

Buckeyes Tend To Look Old

The man on the left, Ohio State head coach That Matta, is two years younger than the man on the right, Florida coach Billy Donovan. There must be something in the water in Columbus that ages people prematurely. At this time next year, Mike Conley Jr. is going to look like Laurence Fishburne. » 4/01/07 4:45pm 4/01/07 4:45pm

As Billy Donovan Turns ...

It has been a while since a sport's biggest stage has been overwhelmed with something as tedious as a potential coaching change. The most famous example, of course, was when Bill Parcells had his one foot out the door while supposedly preparing his New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. We never felt he took as big a… » 3/27/07 11:30am 3/27/07 11:30am

Dick Vitale, Not Surprisingly, Can't Figure Out His Phone

It is perhaps not surprising that MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER Dick Vitale would have trouble using basic cellular technology, but it is surprising that Vitale might actually say something off-camera that could be construed as "controversial." Or, for that matter, that he would say anything; we always assumed they just pushed… » 2/27/07 11:45am 2/27/07 11:45am