Florida coach Billy Donovan wasn’t pleased with the way his two-time defending national champs ended the season left off of the March Madness brackets. So the Gators b-ball coach metered out a punishment most vile:
He banned his players from the school’s $12 million practice facility.
The ASSOCIATED PRESS also adds in that Billy barred his b-ballers from wearing any Florida Gators apparel. The punishments was for ending the season losing 8 of their last 11 games, and becoming the first defending champ to be left out of the following year’s NCAA tournament since Kansas in 1989.
Although the apparel decree limits the daily wardrobe somewhat, the bigger pain is the eviction from the practice hall - a “state-of-the-art facility, which houses the team locker room, the practice court, the video room, the weight room, both national championship trophies and pieces of both floors on which Florida won it all.”
Freshman guard Jai Lewis says he already feels the pain:
“I think we’re going to have this taste in our mouths all the way until we make the NCAA tournament. This is something that will never leave us. This pain is unbearable. If this doesn’t (motivate us), I don’t know what will. This might be one of the worst things that could happen to the team.”
Donovan hopes such a ploy will help his Gators appreciate how good they have it:
“They got a facility that the administration has invested a lot in. It’s one of the best in the country. They’ve got a massage therapist to make sure they’re OK after games. They’ve got a private plane that they take to games. The meals that they eat. All those things, these guys came here and went right to the penthouse.”
Sounds like the guys in Gainesville are a bit spoiled. Maybe the NCAA should take their own elevator up to check out the Gators’ penthouse.