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Kentucky will make a coaching change and remove Billy Gillispie after just two seasons, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Friday.

An official announcement is expected at a 4:30 p.m. ET news conference.

There had been speculation for weeks that UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart would move Gillispie as soon as the season completed, somewhat because of a lack of success on the court, but primarily because of personality issues that caused problems away from it.

According to a source, Barnhart simply concluded that Gillispie was no longer the right person to be the coach at Kentucky and handle all the responsibilities the position includes. Consequently, the man who rose to fame after successful stints at UTEP and Texas A&M is out less than two years after he was introduced to great fanfare, less than 48 hours since he closed this season with a loss at Notre Dame in the NIT quarterfinals.

Sources believe Barnhart will now target Florida coach Billy Donovan.

Donovan passed on the opportunity to coach the Wildcats two years ago, his eyes instead focused on the NBA. But with the NBA now out of the picture -- Donovan took the Orlando Magic job, then pulled out and subsequently agreed to not return to the NBA for at least five years -- sources have told CBSSports.com that Donovan will listen to an offer and strongly consider leaving the place at which he won two NCAA tournaments to take over one of the great programs in college basketball history.

Among the other possible candidates are Memphis coach John Calipari, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford.

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Thats the word on the Street. UF officials are rumored to already be in Richmond talking to Anthony Grant but who knows, you now how that goes. I am starting to think he will take it also though .....I really hate that. I guess its back to the drawing board for us.

bama gave grant a deadline of today to take the offer and it's clear he won't be.

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Well in that case if Grant had to accept it today then it looks like this will all happen pretty quick with Donovan going to Kentucky and Grant going to Florida

Watching the announcement and they basically said Billy G didnt understand all the aspects of the job he had to do and wasnt the ambassador that they thought he should of been and that they needed someone that would represent the program right based on the past history of Kentucky basketball they said it wasnt any one thing that cost him the job it was just that basically he wasnt the right fit to be head coach at Kentucky

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bama gave grant a deadline of today to take the offer and it's clear he won't be.
I heard that yesterday but I heard today they gave him 5 days but who knows. If Donovan goes to UK, I dont guess it matters how much time they gave him ,it doesnt look good but you never know I guess. There are some rumors that Grant will turn down the UF job if and when offered but that one is hard to believe to me.
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Among the other possible candidates are Memphis coach John Calipari, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford.

I hope to God it's not him... My name is Travis Ford (seriously) and I already catch enough **** on a daily basis because he played here 15 years ago... If he becomes the next coach I'm gonna hafta move...

But as of now I'm completely clueless... The more I read and heard the past few days the more I thought it was gonna be Donovan... The more I've read and heard in the past 2 hours suggests that's not the case... Friggin' deja vu from 2 years ago...

All I know is if we don't get a big time coach in here very soon, Mitch Barnhardt needs to follow Billy G right out the door...

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What the heck are you talking about?

I meant Gillespie, not Donovan. He hasn't signed his contract even though he's been paid under the agreed upon terms for two years. I don't think anybody knows why. Now he has gotten himself fired and the university is saying that the lack of a contract means they don't owe him what would have been another $6 million.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida coach Billy Donovan says he isn't going anywhere.

Donovan made it clear Friday he has no interest in the Kentucky job or any other opening, reaffirming his desire to stay in Gainesville and get the Gators back to the NCAA tournament.

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Douglas Jones/US PresswireBilly Donovan has led Florida to three Final Fours and two national titles.

"In response to the rumors circulating about my interest in other jobs, I wanted to address this as quickly as possible," Donovan said in a statement. "I am committed to the University of Florida and look forward to continuing to build our program here."

Kentucky fired coach Billy Gillispie on Friday, creating an opening at one of college basketball's premier programs and prompting speculation that Donovan would again be the top target to return to the Bluegrass State. Donovan spent five years as an assistant under Rick Pitino in Lexington, learning all about Kentucky's unrivaled fan base and unrealistic expectations.

Nonetheless, Donovan spurned a chance to take over the tradition-rich program in April 2007, turning down athletic director Mitch Barnhart before he even offered him the job. Donovan didn't even let it get that far this time around. His statement was released minutes after Barnhart announced Gillispie's dismissal.

Florida officials, including athletic director Jeremy Foley, don't expect Donovan to waver on his word, either.

Nearly two months after turning down Kentucky in 2007, Donovan took a job with the NBA's Orlando Magic but changed his mind after just a couple days on the job. He returned to Gainesville, got ripped nationally for his flip-flop decision and apologized profusely to everyone involved.

Donovan eventually signed a six-year contract that pays $3.5 million annually. The deal includes a clause stating that Donovan and his agent cannot directly or indirectly explore, discuss or negotiate any employment with any other school or professional team without Foley's written approval.

Foley said Kentucky never requested permission to talk to Donovan.

The Gators are 310-126 in 13 seasons under Donovan, who has vowed to get the Gators on the same level as storied basketball programs like Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke and UCLA. He still has work to do.

Florida became the first national champion since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985 to miss the NCAA tournament in consecutive years. Florida finished 25-11 this season and lost in the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The Gators could return four starters and most of their reserves next season. They also have highly touted guard Kenny Boynton and Georgetown transfer Vernon Macklin waiting to take the court.

Nonetheless, some felt Donovan might be ready for a new challenge, especially after the last two seasons, and Kentucky offers a place where basketball is king.

Then again, Donovan has put down deep roots in Gainesville with his wife and four children. His parents also live nearby.

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