Who’s the best coach in college basketball?
According to ESPN, it’s Billy Donovan. For roughly the past month, ESPN.com has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball. Last week, it revealed the top of its ranking, which had Florida’s Donovan at No. 1 and Kentucky’s John Calipari at No. 2.
Rick Pitino agrees with ESPN. The Louisville coach says he would have voted for Donovan at No. 1, too.
Pitino says he would have voted for Billy Donovan as the top College Coach.
— Nick Stover (@ULFlyingCard) July 9, 2014
“That’s who I would have voted for, hands down,” Rick Pitino on Billy Donovan being ESPN #1 head coach
— Kent Taylor (@KentTaylorWAVE) July 9, 2014
Pitino might be a tad biased. Donovan played for Pitino at Providence and coached under him at Kentucky from 1989-93.
Still, it’s high praise from the 2013 national champion coach, and it’s hard to argue with ESPN’s rankings. At Florida, Donovan has won two national titles and made four straight Elite Eights.
Pitino ranked No. 5 in ESPN’s rankings.