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Perno will return as baseball coach

GREENSBORO - David Perno's boss has squelched any more speculation about his future as Georgia head baseball coach.

Perno will return to coach the team in 2013, athletics director Greg McGarity said on Thursday.

"Dave will be back next year," McGarity said, during a break from the UGA athletic board meetings at Lake Oconee.

Notably, McGarrity didn't even need to be asked directly whether Perno was coming back. The A.D. simply volunteered it after I asked him an open-ended question about his feelings on the baseball program.

"It's not even an issue. If you take SEC records over the last two years, and you give credit to South Carolina, Florida and Vandy, and do some research about where the rest of us are ... Over that two-year span we're one game over .500. Arkansas, Ole Miss, LSU, you've got a lot of schools that are right where we are as far as SEC standings.

"So three schools have kind of separated themselves the last two years. And there are about five or six of us that are around .500.

The Bulldogs are 31-26 and on the bubble to make the NCAA tournament field. They have four straight losses, including a quick exit from the SEC tournament.

"We're holding out hope that we may have an at-large (bid). Who knows," McGarity said. "Stranger things have happened. ...

"Dave's had a lot of issues off the field the last few years. Chance Veazey, J.T. He's dealing with some struggles that - it's hard for us to comprehend doing our job - much less your real job. You've got student-athletes that are affected."

Perno, 43, is finishing his 11th year as Georgia's head coach. He has guided the Bulldogs to three College World Series, including the final in 2008.