How is it that BD remains at uf?

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    Jeremys right up there with BD in hoping he stays til retirement and is grooming someone to replace him when that time comes
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    exactly. he isn't going to the NBA after that imo
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    Seven figures in a small town like Gainesville is like $20 million in a major market. Given the Donavan's values and the fact that their daughter is buried in Gainesville, I think it would tale a lot to get him to leave. I fully expect the current or future basketball arena to be named after him during his turner. We should not delay that I hope they build something new but until hen then I I like the "Billy Bubble."
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    I think you could see the court named after him before he's done, like coach K at Duke.
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    Honestly, tell me a school you guys would rather be coach at. I'd pick Florida for basketball. You get money like you're almost anywhere else (if you're Billy at least). You're frosting on the cake for the fanbase. Football is the cake. Add to this, in Billy's case, that you can put together one of the best streaks at a school ever. I live in Lexington, and the thought of raising kids here (or having any kind of life really) as the basketball coach is freightening.
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    Three major reasons. 1. The SEC is weak and will always be therefore a shot at winning the conference every single year is well within reach. 2. A big school that is willing to throw money at him as well as the program. 3. A nice college town to raise his children in.

    Basically the same reasons that Meyer bolted to OSU just a different sport and conference.
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    Who would not want to be here!!
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    Disagree that the SEC is always weak. The SEC has been up and down while Billy has been here. I believe it was 2004 when the Gators made the tournament going 9-7 in the league. The 2006 national title team went 10-6 in the league. It really wasn't that long ago that this was a 6 bid league, but I guess it just seems like it has been forever.
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    There are a ton of reasons but remember he is the ultimate underdog. Being at a football school is comfy for him. Just makes him work harder. If we ever become a basketball school, even if it is a hundred years from now, it will be because of him.
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    I guess the trend currently is that it is weak. No current powerhouses outside of UK and UF. Bama and UT have fallen off quite a bit.
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    SEC could be good but LSU and Arkansas who have great basketball history would have to get back to that level. Missouri being top 25 consistently would be nice and when Pearl takes another SEC job...that team will compete.
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    Great AD, big recruiting budget, pay is excellent, very little pressure from fanbase. I agree with REM08 that it's one of the best jobs in college basketball.
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    Billy has been in Gainesville since 1996. If I recall correctly he helped start up a Catholic school in town. His kids have gone to school here and it has to feel a lot like home. As others have said he makes a good salary and he is loved by most all of the fan base. I can't speak for him or read his mind but there are a whole lot of good reasons for him to stay.
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    I just reject the premise of the question, which is that there is some obvious advantage to being at a more established "basketball power". Lon Kruger left because he felt that it was impossible to compete for blue chip recruits at UF. Billy has not had a problem with that. And he obviously has had no problem winning here. He has been to 6 Elite Eights, 3 title game, and has won two national titles. My question is, "why would he leave"?

    There may be some theoretical possibility that a school with dramatically higher basketball revenue might be willing to throw so much money at him that Florida would be unwilling to match it. But I don't see that happening. It would have to be more money than any college coach is making today (I think that UF would be willing to move up close to the Calipari range). And Billy doesn't seem the type to leave in order to chase a 10-20% higher paycheck.

    I think that you reach a point where the identity of the program and the identity of the great head coach become difficult to separate. Billy IS UF basketball. His name will be on the building one day. I think his emotional connection to the program is far too great for him to leave for another school and expect to have the same level of passion and personal interest in its success as he does at UF. Maybe he will decide that he has to give the NBA a shot, just for his career development (although he tried that once and found that he couldn't tear himself away). I can't imagine he would leave for another college job.
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    His wife.
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    And children.
    Don't mess with happy.
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    I think you've got your numbers a little off there.
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    After the 2006 season, LSU joined us in the Final 4.
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    I don't think that the SEC being weak has anything to do with it. Conference titles just don't mean as much in bball as fball. As Dooley pointed out in his article, being in the weak SEC is a liability in regards to the big dance.
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    Yep. I was erring on the side of caution, without listing programs the might be "above" us. Id say legitimately we are top 7 in both.

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