For Billy Donovan, it's the perfect mix: the money, the team, the location.
After leading Florida to two straight NCAA titles and building a budding dynasty in 11 years at the school, he's off to the NBA to coach the Orlando Magic.
"I feel like I've got great passion," Donovan said yesterday after agreeing to a 5-year, $27.5 million contract. "I feel like I've got a tremendous work ethic. I feel like I love the game. I know I'm going to work very, very hard at that, and I am excited about that kind of challenge."
Donovan, 42, whose Gators became the first back-to-back champions in 15 years, said the decision was a struggle.
"I felt like the future for me was how do I grow as a coach, as a person? How do I get better?" Donovan said. "And I think the way you get better is taking on different challenges."
He replaces Brian Hill, who was fired after two consecutive losing seasons.