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Photo: Billy Donovan and His Wife Took Out A Full-Page Ad To Thank Florida, Say Goodbye

Billy Donovan crossing his arms.

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 19: Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder watches from the bench in the first half of Game Two of the Western Conference quarterfinals game against the Houston Rockets during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on April 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Florida meant a lot to Billy Donovan, that is very clear. 

The 49-year-old coach, prior to becoming the Oklahoma City Thunder's head coach, spent 20 seasons leading the Gators' program. He won two national championships, went to four Final Fours and won the SEC Tournament four times. 

Donovan has been OKC's head coach for nearly a month. In today's Gainesville Sun, Donovan and his wife, Christine, took out a full-page ad to say goodbye to the Gators. 

Here's the ad's full text:

"Goodbye" is so difficult, especially after having spent two decades in this community. (And as you've seen before, leaving you all has never been easy for us!)

The University of Florida and Gainesville embraced us from the day we arrived so long ago, and we have grown to love not only this local community that has so loved us, but all of Gator Nation — from Crescent Beach to Cedar Key, from Miami to New York, from Jacksonville to San Fransisco, to all over the nation and globe.

We are so grateful to Jeremy Foley, staff and leaders at the University of Florida, along with scores of players and coaches who have become part of our family. And, of course, the Rowdy Reptiles.

We leave with hearts full of love and cherished memories of euphoria and heartbreak — on and off the court — shared at every step with our Gator family.

We are excited for all that Mike White brings as he puts his own unique mark on Florida basketball...Fannnnntastic!

And so, rather than goodbye,

...until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

— Billy and Christine Donovan

That's a pretty awesome "thank you." Well done, Billy and Christine.