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Friday February 8, 2013Paintings Honoring Donovan to be Unveiled at Saturday's Game

Gainesville, Fla.

The NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) are celebrating 75 years of March Madness by commissioning paintings of each of the national championship-winning coaches from the past 75 seasons. Paintings honoring University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan will be unveiled prior to the Gators’ game against Mississippi State on Saturday, February 9.

 

The original pieces, designed and painted by world-renowned artist, Opie Otterstad, are part of a collection of 75 individual paintings, one for each of the 75 national championships from 1939 through 2013. The pieces honoring Donovan will be on display at Gate 1 prior to the start of the game and a special presentation will be made at halftime. The original pieces of art will then be auctioned online starting February 9 at NCAA.com/Art.  Two hundred - fifty (250) limited edition reproductions will also be made available for purchase via the same website on the same date. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the NABC Foundation, which supports Ticket to Reading Rewards (TTRR), the College Basketball Experience (CBE), and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. 

 

“Coach Donovan is among the greatest coaches and teachers in the history of college basketball,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball. “The NCAA and University of Florida are eternally grateful for his impact on the lives of the student-athletes he has coached and is coaching, and are thrilled to honor his place in the tradition of March Madness with this painting.”

 

For complete information around the art program and the other NCAA programs celebrating 75 years of March Madness, visit www.ncaa.com/art and www.ncaa.com/march-madness.

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