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UF’s Donovan Goes For Win #400 Tonight

Tonight when Florida faces Stetson, Gator coach Billy Donovan will be going for the 400th victory of his career.  The 46-year-old coach has been a head coach since 1994 and has served in Gainesville since 1996.  It’s hard to believe that Donovan has been in the SEC that long.

In 16 years at Florida he’s won two national titles, been to three Final Fours and cranked out eight NBA first-round draft picks. 

For comparison’s sake, Mike Krzyzewski is now the game’s all-time winningest coach with 907 wins at the age of 64.  If Donovan continues to coach into his 60s and continues to enjoy his current level of success, it’s likely he’ll finish his career ranked among the top four or five winningest college basketball coaches ever.

Good luck to Donovan tonight.

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Jones’ Aunt Says Terrence Can Take Calipari’s Potty Mouth

On Tuesday, John Calipari was caught by ESPN cameras telling freshman Terrence Jones that he was (and is) a “selfish mother…” shut yo mouth!

Yesterday, UK’s coach apologized for his use of bad words via Twitter and Facebook.

Now we learn that Jones’ aunt had no problems with the coach’s language.

“I don’t have any worries about it.  Terrence can take it,” Ava Mashia said.  “(Jones) sees (Calipari) as a person who’s trying to help him.  That’s (Calipari’s) method.  That’s the way he talks to everybody on the team.”

Gasp!  Record scratch!  Tires screech!

You mean this wasn’t just a one-time thing?  Egads.

“It looks like he’s picking on Terrence,” Mashia added.  “But I think it’s because he knows Terrence has a skill-set he can probably bring to the table that the coach isn’t seeing.”

While Mashia, a former college basketball player herself, understands the situation, she said her family still wasn’t thrilled by it.

“We hate to see it happen.  But we see what Coach Cal is saying, as well.  Yes, there are some things Terrence needs to work on.  I’m sure Terrence sees it, as well.  He’s trying to make him a better player.  I don’t think he’s doing it to embarrass him.”

Sounds like a woman who understands how coaches talk to players.  Any of you ever been in an arena to see the archangel Mike Krzyzewski coach?  I have.  Talk about language.  It’s like Ralphie Parker’s dad battling a furnace.

I’m guessing Calipari would agree with Mark Twain’s famous statement: “Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” 

Having a freshman take a last-second shot when you’ve drawn up a play for someone else might be just that kind of circumstance.

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Big Blue Linkapalooza: Sunday Lick Your Wounds Edition

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Brandon Knight still has a bit of figuring out to do.

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Brandon Knight still has a bit of figuring out to do.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have retreated to their den and begin the process of licking their wounds after being shot up by the Volunteers and mauled by the Huskies.  This has not been a particularly good week to be a fan of Kentucky mens sports.  But there will be others.

Here are a bunch of links to take your mind off the pain:

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