While Urban Meyer is up north teaching the Big Ten how to recruit, Billy Donovan is in Gainesville saying college basketball coaches don’t try to flip committed recruits. The Florida Gators’ head coach believes a gentlemen’s agreement exists in college basketball and it’s something he respects.
I have the right to recruit, but I think it’s kind of an unwritten or unspoken law in basketball that once a guy is committed, that’s it.
Donovan has been accused of pushing the limits when it came to recruiting in the past, and by some big names. Roy Williams believed something wasn’t right in the way Donovan pursued former Gators’ star Mike Miller. In the end, the NCAA found secondary violations, but other accusations uncovered nothing.
With basketball recruiting being such a different animal than football recruiting, it definitely doesn’t seem as cutthroat, but who really knows what’s going on when a coach sits down with or talks to a recruit? Donovan has had his share of high-profile recruits come to play for him at Florida, but has also missed out on many more. Whatever he’s doing is keeping the Gators competitive. I’m not saying he’s breaking the gentlemen’s agreement he himself mentions, but will say that whatever Donovan is doing, he can keep it up.