Florida Gators men’s basketball coach Billy Donovan has been deemed the best college basketball coach in the land by the fine folks at ESPN.

Donovan, who once almost ended up at the helm of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, edged the likes of Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michgan State’s Tom Izzo, Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski and former boss Rick Pitino of Louisville.

Part of ESPN’s reasoning, “Before Donovan, the Gators' basketball history was almost nonexistent…. Florida [now] is one of the nation's elite college basketball programs. It is a perennial recruiting destination, a near-constant winner. Florida is, and always will be, a football school. Attendance hasn't always been great. But Donovan has been so relentlessly good that even the most stubbornly disinterested alum can't help but sit up and take notice."

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