Monday, May 9, 2011

Florida AD Jeremy Foley Weighs In On Janoris Jenkins' Dismissal, Billy Donovan's Contract

Gators AD Jeremy Foley sat down with the Florida Today's David Jones to discuss the goings on in Gainesville and the BCS.

Of particular note was Foley's response to questions about new Head Football Coach Will Muschamp's handling of Janoris Jenkins and a possible extension for basketball coach Billy Donovan.

Q: Do you think (football coach) Will Muschamp sent a message of how he feels about discipline with how he handled Janoris Jenkins (kicked off the team recently after his second drug-related arrest)?

A: I don't think Will got in a room and said, 'You know, I'm going to send a message.' He got in a situation he was trying to deal with, a situation that was presented to him. ... Will, like all of our coaches around here, try to make decisions that are best for the program and best for the institution. I think at that point in time, that particular decision, that was the decision he felt was best.

Jenkins was projected as first round pick after last season but decided to return to Gainesville for his Senior in a surprising move with a new coaching staff coming in. Normally, Jenkins could now enter his name in the NFL Supplemental Draft and several teams would gladly give up a Draft pick to get him but players selected here have a dicey history of success in the NFL.
Q: (Men's basketball coach) Billy Donovan has two years left in his current contract. Are there discussions for an extension of his contract?

A: (UF president) Dr. (Bernie) Machen and I talked about that recently. I'm not prepared to discuss that yet, but obviously we always try to be proactive with our coaches, and Billy Donovan will be no different. So at some point and time, sooner than later, his contract will be evaluated, and I'm sure you will see an extension of that contract.

Typically coaches have a minimum of four years on their contract to ensure recruits are not scared off by their possible departure so Donovan's case is a curious one. The only reason I can think for the hesitation on Florida's part to extend is the disappointing seasons immediately following the back to back national titles, but Donovan seems to have righted the ship with an Elite 8 performance this season and a strong club returning.

Foley also discussed the Fiesta Bowl's slot in the BCS as well as the bowl system in general.

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