Oregon has denied a report that George Horton has been informed he will not return as baseball coach next season.

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune wrote Monday afternoon that "a source says Oregon athletic department officials have notified George Horton that this will be his final season as the Ducks' head coach".

An Oregon spokesman called the report "completely false".

The Ducks are 25-27 and eighth in the Pac-12 at 11-16 as they prepare to close out the season with a three-game series against Arizona at PK Park beginning Thursday.

After Horton led Oregon to four straight NCAA appearances from 2012-15, the Ducks will miss the postseason for the third year in a row. The Ducks are guaranteed to finish below .500 in conference play for the third straight season.

Horton is 345-247-1 in 10 seasons since being hired to reinstate the baseball program in 2009. He has led the Ducks into the postseason five times including one appearance in a Super Regional.

Horton signed a two-year contract in August that pays him $500,000 per year. Oregon would owe him the full amount for next year if he is not retained as coach. The contract also has a mutual option for 2020.

Horton led Cal State Fullerton to the 2004 College World Series title while winning 490 games in 11 seasons as head coach of the Titans before leaving for Oregon. He is 835-459-2 in 21 years as a Division I coach.