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Post Perno rewarded with new contract

Wednesday July 2, 2008


David Perno, who recently led the Georgia baseball team to its third College World Series appearance in the last five seasons, has agreed to a new five-year, $2.25 million contract, Director of Athletics Damon Evans announced on Wednesday.

The new contract amounts to an annual increase of $150,000. Playing for the national title always makes those postseason evaluations a little more pleasant than usual:

“First of all, I’d like to say that I really enjoyed my discussions with Damon after the College World Series, and we’re excited about the future of the Bulldog baseball program,” Perno said. “I’m very pleased with the opportunity to be at Georgia and hope to be here a long time. The support we’ve received from our administration is very much appreciated.”

That support from the administration will be tested soon as the future of Foley Field becomes more of an issue. Georgia baseball continues to set attendance marks, and everything from concessions to practice space could use improvement. At the same time, Foley’s location doesn’t necessarily lend itself to much expansion.

It seems odd to say after Perno’s seventh year on the job, but there are those who up through this season questioned Perno’s fitness for the position. This new contract is a sign that Georgia baseball has its man. Now let’s do something about those odd-numbered years.

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