Report: Billy Donovan recently earned contract extension

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Billy Donovan is in his 18th season coaching the Gators. (USATSI)

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A fourth consecutive trip to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament has come on the heels of a new deal for Billy Donovan, according to Florida Today.

Per the report, terms of a new contract were agreed upon between Florida and Donovan "last summer," but the new deal didn't get done in full until February. The new contract goes through the 2018-19 season and is worth approximately $3.5 million per year.

The 48-year-old Florida coach won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007 and currently has the No. 1 overall seed Gators in the South region. Florida plays against No. 4 UCLA on Thursday at approximately 9:45 p.m. (See all tip times/channels here.)

At 34-2, the Gators ran the table in the SEC this season, going 18-0.

It's important to note that a clause in Donovan's old contract has now expired. Whereas Donovan nearly took the Orlando Magic job in 2007, a five-year non-compete clause was part of his deal at Florida. That is no longer in play. Donovan is a hot name for NBA jobs.

"I don't like coming out making bold predictions or statements. I would say I'm extremely happy with my life right now at the University of Florida," Donovan said last weekend.

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