UGA season will start without a new Uga (UPDATED)

Georgia will open the football season with a new quarterback, a new defense — but no new Uga.

Sonny Seiler, owner of the English bulldogs that have served as Georgia’s mascot since 1956, has informed UGA President Michael Adams and athletics director Damon Evans that the next Uga won’t be ready for action by the start of the football season.

russThat means Russ, the 5-year-old half-brother of the late Uga VII, will continue to fill in as the Bulldogs’ mascot for the Sept. 4 opener and at least one or two more games, if not longer.

“We’ll be fine. Russ will do his job,” Evans said today.  “We’re fortunate to have a family like the Seilers who take care of Uga and are always able to provide us with a good quality dog, and they will do so again this year.”

Seiler has  identified several puppies — offpspring of the Uga VI line — as candidates to become Uga VIII, but none of them will be big enough by the start of the season. Puppies in a new litter due this month also might be considered.

“I think he wants to ease [the dog] into the season, like we do freshmen sometimes,” Adams said.

So, Russ’ reign will last a bit longer.

He took over after Uga VII died unexpectedly in November, serving as the Bulldogs’ mascot for an upset win at Georgia Tech and an Independence Bowl victory over Texas A&M. Seiler has said that Russ is too old to be considered for the position of Uga VIII; a younger dog is preferred to increase the chances of a long tenure.

The issue of the next Uga is no small matter in Bulldog Nation. In fact, Adams said with a laugh today, the UGA presidency is “one of the few gigs in the world where you’re always second place to a dog.”

Russ isn’t the first interim bulldog mascot in Georgia football history. The most famous was Otto, who filled in for four games in 1986 when his younger brother Uga IV was sidelined with a knee injury. Georgia went 3-1 with Otto as mascot. Uga IV and Otto then served as co-mascots as Georgia beat Georgia Tech in the 1986 regular-season finale.

Georgia opens the 2010 season at home against Louisiana-Lafayette, then has two difficult SEC games –- at South Carolina on Sept. 11 and vs. Arkansas in Athens on Sept. 18. You know that if the Bulldogs come through those games undefeated with Russ on the job, there will be a lot of barking from fans to keep him in place.

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134 comments Add your comment

Dylan

June 2nd, 2010
2:48 am

No official new Uga to start the season?! Woah. I love Russ and all, but we have to find a new Uga. quick! Man I was hoping for a new Uga to open the 2010 season, but I guess they’ll find one soon.

GO UGA SOFTBALL! BEAT WASHINGTON!

Jen

June 2nd, 2010
4:31 am

You go Russ!!!

I’m more concerned about playing well, so, go players!!!!

RomeDawg

June 2nd, 2010
4:36 am

I know Russ is older but he has the upset Tech win and the A&M win with no defensive coaches. If we start the year 3-0 I say keep him around for a couple of years!

Dawg Days

June 2nd, 2010
5:13 am

Russ for UGA VIII!!!!

PETA

June 2nd, 2010
6:43 am

It is cruel to force a animal into this slavery. Shame on UGA for animal abuse.

Spike

June 2nd, 2010
6:50 am

PETA .. Bite me.

Bill

June 2nd, 2010
6:55 am

Blatant age discrimination. Even though Russ is getting a little long in the tooth he still has many productive years ahead of him. Our society has no respect for its elders.

Joe

June 2nd, 2010
6:59 am

We need to keep Russ….

Big L

June 2nd, 2010
7:00 am

How in the hell is this animal abise. He sleeps when he wants. He eats when he wants. This dog lives better than you. You peta folks need to go throw some blood on people or plant another bomb. Bunch of crazy psychos. You hold no credibility. Good bye.

stephanisat

June 2nd, 2010
7:03 am

PETA – I wish I had as nice a life as the Seiler’s dogs. Twenty-four hour attention, a personal driver with a car designated just for me, and air-conditioned/heated dog house, and thousands of people who love me. But, I guess it would be better if the Seiler family just let the dogs run wild and free as animals are supposed to be. Where’s the cruelty in allowing a dog to be free – rabies, pack mentality, never knowing where you’ll find your next meal. Keep up the great work, PETA.

I'm now convinced some of you can't read

June 2nd, 2010
7:06 am

Does that mean they’ll have to paint his rear-end again?

GEORGIA97

June 2nd, 2010
7:23 am

PETA – suck it

People eating tasty animals

June 2nd, 2010
7:24 am

PETA should be tried as a terrorist organization

Alabama Jack

June 2nd, 2010
7:25 am

My thought exactly.

tycpip

June 2nd, 2010
7:39 am

So Russ is too old, but he gave us two great wins. The Graduate Assistants who filled in for Martinez are too young to be coaching, but helped us with two great wins. Sounds like a great opening for a Loran Smith column! The things of Lore.

PETA

June 2nd, 2010
7:40 am

Those bulldogs are being abused. They are forced to represent a UGA team that is very middle of the road in the SEC. Then they are forced to travel to Shreveport Lousy-Anna to watch UGA play in a low-tier bowl game. To top it off, they have drunk rednecks yelling “Sic ‘em Woof Woof” at them. Why do you think Uga VII committed suicide last year? So yes……these UGA mascots are being abused badly. It must stop NOW!!!!!

PETA IS VIOLENT & TREASONOUS

June 2nd, 2010
7:40 am

PETA is one of those organizations that is morally bankrupt and violent and every member is not only disgustingly foolish but very dangerous. The FBI needs to keep every one of those immoral PETA terrorists under close surveillance.

#1 UGA Fan

June 2nd, 2010
7:43 am

I love animals, in particular I have always wanted an English Bulldog (because of Uga, UGA, and USMC) and my wife just got me one a week ago. I think it is an honor that Russ has been chosen to live the lavish lifestyle for a few months. Can’t wait for the BIG introduction of UGA VIII. Would it not be awesome if UGA VIII was introduced at one of the cornerstone games of the 2010 season, if it were hyped up that alone could be enough to hype up our DAWGS and blast the Gators…..oh that reminds me, I need to get Corporal (my bully) a Gator to CHEW on.

Loving “People eating tasty animals” 7:24am comment, I agree 100%.

Go Dawgs!!!

June 2nd, 2010
7:43 am

Go Russ! Russ laughs at Georgia Tech!!! Russ poops on Georgia Tech!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!

Russ hikes his hind leg over the ACC football trophy!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!
30-24!!!!!

Jason

June 2nd, 2010
7:44 am

Ridicule is the most flattering form of jealousy.

jarvis

June 2nd, 2010
7:50 am

I’ll give you that. We are pretty cruel. Look at the way we’ve been beating up on our lowly in-state rivals since the mid-70’s.
I was born in 1975, and Tech has yet to manage double-digit wins in my life.

That type of abuse in inhumane for sure.

PETA

June 2nd, 2010
7:53 am

Maybe UGA should get Bozo to be the team mascot because the redneck fans are sure a bunch of clowns.

Gator Nation

June 2nd, 2010
7:55 am

We’ll spank that mutt.

puppydawg

June 2nd, 2010
7:55 am

PETA, I love animals. They’re delicious.

North Hall Dawg

June 2nd, 2010
7:59 am

Russ should be allowed to serve as long as it takes; after all, he is undefeated. Russ has to quote Vince Dooley, “came off the bench and got the job done!”

Bdawg

June 2nd, 2010
8:06 am

If we start out 3-0, Russ will have a new name! Oh, and PETA: we didn’t climb to the top of the food chain to eat hummus!! Suck it!!!

Doc

June 2nd, 2010
8:06 am

Georgia beats Florida in 2015

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

June 2nd, 2010
8:08 am

Well, a little dog should not have his a$$ painted before a big bowl game. I may or may not come back as mascot this year. We will have to look into the working conditions and benefits and see what can be worked out. One thing for sure, there will be no more a$$ painting. I think this whole a$$ painting thing has been swept under the rug. It’s as if everyone was wearing dark glasses on the sidelines so nobody could see an a$$ painting going on.

PETA

June 2nd, 2010
8:08 am

@ North Hall Dawg…….did you forget your medication this morning or are you just naturally stupid?

Mets Suck

June 2nd, 2010
8:14 am

How can the late Uga have sired a litter to be born “next month”? Tell me they didn’t freeze his little soldiers.

DK

June 2nd, 2010
8:15 am

I’m with PETA on this. Somebody should help that poor little dog that is forced to live in the lap of luxury, with his own vet on constant call. Dragged to every game and forced to stay in his own suite the night before the game. He must then lie on the sideline (on bags of ice if the weather is warm) while his personal trainer attends to his every whim. Then, when he finally meets his end, he’s buried in Sanford Stadium in an honored resting place.

On second thought, can I apply for the position of UGA VIII?

Seiler

June 2nd, 2010
8:17 am

Georgia beats Florida in 2015.

Right, in your deams. UGA is Florida’s bitch forever.

Even with the stupid, ugly mutt back.

nick103179

June 2nd, 2010
8:17 am

PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals

Oh My

June 2nd, 2010
8:19 am

With Georgia losing two recruits (1 four star and a two star), their sorry #15 class has dropped to #26—the WORST recruiting class in 20 years. We are really going to keep up with the Gators like this. They get the # 1 class and we are # 26, bye, bye Richt.

PETA

June 2nd, 2010
8:19 am

Why Can’t UGA just adopt a head of lettuce as its mascot or a turnip?

Reina

June 2nd, 2010
8:20 am

Florida 45
Georgia 17
UgaVIII. 0

Mikey in the SAV

June 2nd, 2010
8:23 am

The more I see and hear from people the more I prefer the company of animals.

ripkelly

June 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

I heard Russ got kicked off the team for DUI on a scooter.

Augustadog

June 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals !

Brad

June 2nd, 2010
8:27 am

Recruiting rankings? really? Tech “won” the ACC last year…what were their recruiting rankings the last 4 years. Any class in the top 30?

Shreveport Chamber of Commerce

June 2nd, 2010
8:28 am

We have opened up reservation lines for UGA fans to pre-book your hotels and restaurants in Shreveport this December. Shreveport is looking forward to hosting UGA and a yet-to-be named subpar opponent in the Independence Bowl this year. The local Motel-6 is now offering a free breakfast ( PBR & PopTarts) if you say “Woof Woof” when making your reservations. However they do have a limit of 12 redneck UGA fans per room. Call now for best selection of rooms and restaurants. 1-800-UGA-SUCKS

Geez Louise

June 2nd, 2010
8:29 am

How flippin’ hard can it be to find a dadgum white bulldog?

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

June 2nd, 2010
8:33 am

Russ is 1-0 vs tech, good enough to earn this season’s starting job after 30-24!

Ron Mexico

June 2nd, 2010
8:38 am

Hey Brad, thats cause any decent high school team could win in the ACC. That conference is a joke.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 2nd, 2010
8:48 am

Russ, just think of your future as a breeding dog. All the humping you can stand.

PETA, you should be on a gator blog. They have been abusing dawgs for the past 20 years.

gdawginkalamazoo

June 2nd, 2010
8:51 am

PETA, If God didn’t want us to eat cows he wouldn’t have made them taste like steak.

HD

June 2nd, 2010
8:52 am

Is it just me or do the Seilers seem to be holding onto this “we are the exclusive owners of Ugas” title a little bit too hard?

Ari Gold

June 2nd, 2010
8:53 am

Russ, The Temporary Mascot;

It sounds like you need an agent who can properly represent you in your future negotiations. You should be handsomely rewarded for the a$$ painting humility.

Let’s do lunch.
-Ari

Reason

June 2nd, 2010
8:55 am

Funny how UGA always seems to have one of the top recruiting classes in the country – but can’t do anything with it!

Obvious reason – Richt doesn’t know how to coach! You get the best players but don’t win – it’s the coach’s fault.

joe

June 2nd, 2010
8:56 am

This just in-UGA will start next season without claims from their fan base of an SEC and national championship for the first time in 30 years…NOT.