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By Allen Moff | Staff Writer
Scott Stricklin has agreed in principle to become the next head baseball coach at the University of Georgia.
Several sources indicated on Saturday that Kent State's ninth-year head coach had accepted an offer to take over the Bulldogs' program, although neither school involved would officially confirm the move.
Golden Flashes Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen confirmed on Saturday that he had granted Georgia permission to interview Stricklin, but otherwise would not comment. Stricklin was also reached Saturday morning via text message, but refused to comment, while a message left with University of Georgia Director of Athletics Greg McGarity was not returned.
Georgia is expected to officially make Stricklin its next head coach on Monday.
Stricklin signed a six-year contract extension worth $300,000 annually after leading the Golden Flashes to their first-ever trip to the College World Series in 2012. Kent State went 1-2 in the CWS, defeating No. 1 ranked Florida in an elimination game before losing to South Carolina.
In nine seasons in charge of the Golden Flashes, Stricklin's squads captured five Mid-American Conference regular-season titles and five MAC Tournament crowns, including four straight from 2009-2012. This year's squad won the MAC regular-season championship, but was eliminated from the MAC tourney after suffering a pair of losses to Ball State and finished the season 36-23.
Stricklin was a star catcher at Kent State, then played professionally from 1993-97 before starting his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Georgia Tech. He was an assistant at Vanderbilt (2000-01) and Georgia Tech (2002-04) before accepting his first head coaching job at his alma mater in 2005.
Stricklin compiled a 350-188 record (.651 winning percentage) in nine years at Kent State. He was named CollegeBaseballInsider.com Co-National Coach of the Year after leading the Flashes to the CWS and a school-record 47 wins in 2012. Stricklin interviewed with Michigan after the record-setting season, but decided to stay at Kent State and was rewarded with the six-year contract extension.
Stricklin will replace David Perno, who resigned after completing his 12th season as head coach of the Bulldogs in 2013. Perno, who reportedly made $450,000 last season, led the Bulldogs to three College World Series appearances and to a pair of Southeastern Conference crowns (2004, 2008), while compiling a 390-335-1 overall record. Georgia finished 21-31 in 2013.