Tom Friend of ESPN The Magazine announced on Jim Rome's ESPN-TV show "Rome is Burning" yesterday that Donovan is going to leave (Florida) and replace Pat Riley as coach of the Miami Heat. What's equally intriguing is that an ESPN reporter on an ESPN network show claims the biggest basketball scoop of the season, yet the report is apparently being ignored by ESPN's news operation.After extensive research (read: google news) all I was able to find was this Q&A with a writer from the Sun-Sentinel where the Donovan-to-the-Heat rumors are addressed, but instantly dismissed as poppycock.
I'm probably alone in this, but why would any coach with back-to-back championships (assuming the Gators win this one) under his belt leave for Kentucky? Wildcats fans may not want to hear this, but the current state of that program, compared to where Florida is, makes that a lateral move. Assuming all five Gator starters are gone after this season, I'd still project Florida to finish ahead of Kentucky in the SEC next year.
The NBA, to me, is a likely scenario, but there simply isn't much proof as to whether or not it's happening.