Thunder hire Gators' Donovan as coach

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) It's safe to say new Thunder coach Billy Donovan will stay in the NBA this time.

Donovan jokes that he has coached in the league before - eight years ago, he was hired by the Orlando Magic, only to change his mind the following day and return to the University of Florida. He said that decision had nothing to do with the Magic, and that it was more about his relationships with his family and Florida.

The 49-year-old coach said it had to "take something very, very special" to make him leave a program he led to two national championships, four Final Fours and seven Elite Eights in 19 seasons. He carefully considered the situation with his inner circle and didn't listen to outside voices before accepting the offer.

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