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Report: Billy Donovan turns down St. John's coaching job

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billy-donovan.JPGFlorida Gators coach Billy Donovan has turned down an offer to become the head man at St. Johns, according to multiple reports.

The proposed deal was reportedly in excess of $3 million per year.

A source close to Donovan said well-to-do St. John's alum, Mike Repole -- of Vitaminwater fame -- undertook the project of bringing the Long Island native back to his roots and a team in dire need of work.

The source describes Donovan's answer as "thank you so much, but no thank you."

Donovan, who makes $3.5 million per year, is one of the college game's highest-paid coaches already.

Despite his ties, one might have assumed he's not interested in taking a pay cut and having to rebuild a program. St. John's has not made the NCAA Tournament since 2002, while Donovan's Gators have won two national championships during that drought.

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