Vernon Macklin is the only Florida Gator with an NCAA tournament win, but his came while he was at Georgetown. After finding a fresh start in Gainesville, he wants to return the favor.
Florida was on top of the world in 2006 and 2007 when it won consecutive national championships. Rebuilding certainly hasn't been easy for the Gators, but there's reason for optimism this season.
Even if Florida had completed the new Donovan contract, it likely wouldn't have kept the coach in Gainesville anyway.