Donovan, Pitino meet with Final Four trip on line

By Eddie Pells

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 23 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Florida head coach Billy Donovan listens to a question during a news conference, Friday, March 23, 2012, in Phoenix. Florida is scheduled to play Louisville in an NCAA tournament West Regional final college basketball game on Saturday.

Matt York, Associated Press

PHOENIX — Billy Donovan knew a bad idea when he heard one.

Put on this cowboy hat and these spurs and we'll take a picture of you, his coach told him. Maybe we'll even put it on the front of the team program.

Donovan says: "I was not happy about doing that."

Rick Pitino rarely steered him wrong, though. A quarter-century since that fateful photo, "Billy The Kid" has become a championship coach with a legacy, and the guy who made him dress up that day isn't doing so bad himself.

On Saturday, they meet on opposite sides of the court in the West Regional final — Pitino going for his sixth trip to the Final Four and second at Louisville and Donovan going for a fourth trip with the Florida Gators.

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