PHOENIX — Billy Donovan knew a bad idea when he heard one.Comment on this story
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.