In seven seasons as Georgia’s football coach, Mark Richt has won two SEC championships, gone to seven bowls, three BCS bowls and finished as high as No. 2 or 3 in the nation (depending on your poll of choice).
In seven seasons as Georgia’s baseball coach, David Perno has won two SEC championships, gone to four NCAA tournaments, three College World Series and finished as high as No. 3 in the nation.
Mark Richt: Athens icon.
David Perno: Athens resident.
Now, I’m not suggesting the “ping” sounds of college baseball should suddenly dominate the sports landscape. I’m guessing Uga has never so much as sniffed a tree by Foley Field, a significant waddle from Sanford Stadium.
But even given baseball’s relative peasant status in college athletics — two words: Omaha, Nebraska — Perno merits something more than a hug from Georgia.