Monday, May 20, 2013

SEC Baseball: SEC Community Service Team, Headless Bulldogs

Quintanilla Named to SEC Baseball Community Service Team (
Mizzou sophomore catcher Patrick Quintanilla (Southlake, Texas) has been named to the SEC Baseball Community Service Team, as announced by the league office on Monday (May 20).

Over the last year, Quintanilla has been actively involved in the Columbia community. He has participated in the Food Recovery Network, working with Missouri dining services to take food from dining halls to local soup kitchens, helping provide food the less fortunate families and community members. He also volunteered with the CASA Heart of Missouri Youth Clinic, a youth clinic in which the Mizzou baseball and softball teams teach abused and neglected children how to play baseball/softball...

UGA parts ways with Perno (Macon Telegraph)
David Perno's long tenure at Georgia, which featured plenty of success but more recent lows, has come to an end.

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity informed Perno on Sunday that he was not being retained after 12 seasons, according to multiple reports and a source who confirmed the decision. Perno, who guided Georgia to three appearances in the College World Series, finishes with a record of 390-335 at Georgia, Perno's alma mater. He also graduated from Clarke Central in Athens...
Dave Perno Getting Fired (College Baseball Today)
Oh great. Now SEC baseball is getting closer and closer to SEC football.

Late word tonight had it that the 12-year Georgia head coach was gonna get his walking papers sometime on Monday. What’s the matter Georgia fans, three trips to the College World Series and coming within a whisker of a national title weren’t enough for you? Perno had some bad seasons, sure. Most of them being recent ones. But he also had some major injury factors to work with, including losing three big talents in pitcher Pete Nagle, catcher Brandon Stephens and OF Connor Welton before a single pitch was thrown this season. And he also wasn’t going to stay sub-.500 for long.

Perno is not only a good guy, he’s a great coach. Before I exit this entry, lemme ask you SEC fan, how many other SEC coaches had led their teams to three College World Series’?

This sucks.

Georgia Dismisses David Perno (Baseball America)
Perno’s departure opens up one of the most desirable jobs in college baseball. Georgia has a huge recruiting advantage thanks to the wealth of in-state talent coupled with the HOPE Scholarship program—which allows the Bulldogs to supplement their 11.7 athletic scholarships with lottery money for any Georgia high school player who graduates with a 3.0 grade-point average or better.

If Georgia wants to make a major financial commitment, it might start by approaching some of college baseball’s most successful established head coaches, like Louisville’s Dan McDonnell, Virginia’s Brian O’Connor, TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle or Kent State’s Scott Stricklin. None of those coaches would be an easy hire, but Georgia has the resources to shoot for the moon. Mid-major head coaches like South Alabama’s Mark Calvi, UCF’s Terry Rooney, Samford’s Casey Dunn, Mercer’s Craig Gibson, Illinois State’s Mark Kingston or College of Charleston’s Monte Lee could also make intriguing targets.

Or the Bulldogs could try to land the next O’Connor, Tim Corbin or Kevin O’Sullivan—all of whom were can’t-miss prospects as assistant coaches who have been hugely successful in their first head coaching stints at major-conference schools. If Georgia decides to take that route, it figures to look at North Carolina’s Scott Forbes, Virginia’s Kevin McMullan, Arkansas’ Todd Butler, Mississippi State’s Butch Thompson or Mississippi’s Cliff Godwin...

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