Donovan Backing Out?

By David Scott - June 03, 2007

Two separate national websites are repoting that Billy Donovan is trying to pull out of his deal to be the next coach of the Orlando Magic.

Both's Jeff Goodman and ESPN's Andy Katz are reporting late Sunday night that Billy Donovan is considering re-negging on his Orlando Magic contract and returning to the Univeristy of Florida. Goodman's original post came at about 10:30 p.m., was updated once at 11:18 EST p.m. (and then was updated again about 20 minutes later).

Katz's information was teased for the upcoming SportsCenter during the eighth inning (11:27 p.m. EST) of the Red Sox/Yankees game as ESPN was reporting that the Magic are now considering whether they will allow Donovan out of his deal which was announced with much pomp and circumstance on Friday in Orlando (see previous entries of Hang Time.) A "Breaking News" box with the information was added to's front page a little after 11:35 p.m. the Assocaited Press had yet to run with the emerging story (but has since).

Katz is reporting that Donovan's contract with Orlando is signed which means that legal options must be explored by both sides in order to void the contract.

We will monitor the story and update as necessary.

Posted by David Scott at 11:27 PM on June 03, 2007

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