New mascot, Uga VIII, will make debut next week

ATHENS – Help is on the way for Georgia’s beleaguered football team.

New mascot Uga VIII is scheduled to make his long-awaited debut at the Oct. 16 homecoming game against Vanderbilt in Sanford Stadium, Sonny Seiler told the AJC today. Seiler, of Savannah, owns the line of white English bulldogs that have served as Georgia’s mascot since 1956.

Seiler said the plan is to hold a “collaring” ceremony for Uga VIII before kickoff of the Vanderbilt game. He said UGA President Michael Adams, athletic director Greg McGarity, Seiler family members and interim mascot “Russ” will participate in the ceremony.

Seiler said he could not provide details about Uga VIII until next week, when he said the university will issue a news release and distribute a photograph. The photo will be taken in Savannah later this week, he said.

Seiler did offer a couple of hints today, saying Uga VIII is a “big” dog and a direct descendant of Uga VI.

Seiler previously had said there were several candidates to be Uga VIII but that all were too young to assume the role at the start of the season.

Uga VII died unexpectedly on Nov. 19, 2009, of heart-related causes.

Russ, UGA VII’s 5-year-old half-brother, has been serving as fill-in mascot while the Seiler family identified and readied the next Uga. Russ was said to be too old to be considered for the role of Uga VIII.

Georgia has a record of 3-4 with Russ as its mascot — 2-0 at the end of last season and 1-4 so far this season.

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Hunk Erdown

October 5th, 2010
1:10 pm

Unless the new Uga can tackle or call plays I’m afraid he can’t help.

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Out of Town

October 5th, 2010
1:11 pm

Can he tackle?

Mike

October 5th, 2010
1:14 pm

BrandyK

October 5th, 2010
1:15 pm

Wasn’t the whole problem with UGA VII his size? Larger bulldogs have health problems, so we get another big dog for a mascot? Better go ahead and start looking for UGA IX as well.

Bright spot of the season

October 5th, 2010
1:16 pm

I’ll take anything right now…..

jimmymack

October 5th, 2010
1:16 pm

WE NEED LUCK TO MAKE UP FOR OUR LACK OF PLAY CALLING, AND O-LINE LACK OF COORDINATION

Skram30082

October 5th, 2010
1:17 pm

Can we get a comment from Russ, The Temporary Mascot?

KJ

October 5th, 2010
1:17 pm

“Seiler did offer one hint today, saying Uga VIII is a “big” dog.”

Great, another candidate with the physique of Slimer. Over/under on age of first heart attack… 3? So irresponsible.

How can a Bulldog be "too young" ...

October 5th, 2010
1:20 pm

…to be a mascot – they don’t have a real long life expectancy to begin (see UgaVII)…

CG

October 5th, 2010
1:20 pm

That’s why we’ve lost all those games! Go Dawgs!

Too Easy

October 5th, 2010
1:20 pm

KJ: Your parents were irresponsible.

59bulldawg

October 5th, 2010
1:20 pm

He’d probably just rather let Russ finish the season and start fresh in 2011 with hopefully a new coach.

Alabamastan

October 5th, 2010
1:20 pm

The dog has to be “identified”? What, is this like naming the Dalai Lama?

Murph

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

UGA is going to need a lot more than a lazy drooling dog to rejuvenate their season……how about somebody on the defense that knows how to tackle.

Systemic

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

“…physique of Slimer.” LOL. That’s good stuff.

TazzDawg

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

Finally! The nightmare will be over!

Now all we will need is a real football coach!

chiefdawg

October 5th, 2010
1:21 pm

After watching a few games,he’ll probably die of a heart attack too.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

Why the Hell would the new UGA VIII want to takeover during this season?
Russ needs to be allowed to ride this crappy season out. Sorry RUSS but better for you to have a crappy record than start a new UGA VIII with a bad record.

Murph

October 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

Oh yeah, and fans that don’t bitch and moan about coaching after Mark Richt made you a respectable program again. Do UGA fans forget the 90’s? Yall better understand what you have and that you are not a national powerhouse that can win it every year…..it has been over 30 since your last championship.

Alabama Jack

October 5th, 2010
1:24 pm

I understand the NCAA is investigating a report Russ sold his collar on e-bay last week. Reached at the Clarke County Animal Shelter where he is being held on a public indecency charge (Peeing on a police car), Russ vehemently denies the charges as well as the pair of red panties draped over his head.

At last, some interesting news out of Athens.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
1:26 pm

Stop painting RUSS’ BUTT and the dawgs might get some luck.

DOG

October 5th, 2010
1:27 pm

yea, give russ to michael vick –he sucks

59bulldawg

October 5th, 2010
1:27 pm

Jack . . . he wasn’t selling . . . he was begging . . . for someone to take his collar cause he can’t stand to watch this crap anymore.

Crow

October 5th, 2010
1:28 pm

I hope by ‘big’ he means tall – cause if that poor dog is any fatter than his predecessor he wont be able to walk for tripping over his rolls. And if that’s the case he’ll be gone faster than Uga VII. The Uga line is a monstrosity from a breeders standpoint. I feel sorry for everyone of those poor “elite” dogs.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
1:29 pm

Souldn’t they wait until the Idaho St game for a SURE 1-0 record for UGA VIII.

G8tr h8tr

October 5th, 2010
1:30 pm

The last time I heard so much talk about firing our coach was when our head coach went 5-5 and 5-5-1 in his 6th and 7th years at UGA.Anybody care to guess his name? In years 9-11 he went 7-4,7-4 and 6-6. How did he survive? In his 14th year (1977) he went 5-6. I guess by now you’ve guessed that this was Vince Dooley who coached 25 yrs at UGA and now has a statue in his honor on campus.
My point is that almost all football teams go through down cycles , but if you look at CMR’s overall record it’s outstanding. We could easily be 4-1 right now without a few bad breaks, dumb penalties and fumbles. You can blame the coach if you want to but I blame the players. BTW Erk Russell was Dooley’s DC during all those years mentioned above so as good as he was, he wasn’t unbeatable either.

Tailbtwnlegs

October 5th, 2010
1:32 pm

guess now we will win?

Hunk Erdown

October 5th, 2010
1:32 pm

A.P. News 10/5/2010

At approximately 3 a.m. this morning the UGA Mascot Russ was taken into custody after being seen taking the UGA offensive playbook from Coach Mike Bobo’s office onto the 50 yard line of Sanford Stadium, then taking a huge “dump” on it.

Russ was being held at Athens/Clarke jail until he was bailed out by representatives of the Carnegie Foundation, who immediately awarded him the Carnegie Hero Award.

McDawg

October 5th, 2010
1:32 pm

the curse is lifted

DawginOH

October 5th, 2010
1:33 pm

If Russ doesn’t have any plans from here on out, I’m sure he’d be a step up as strength and conditioning coach.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
1:33 pm

Does anybody know what RUSS’ record is? When did he start last year? UGA VII died after Kentucky right? So Russ is 3-4 right now?

Old Dawg

October 5th, 2010
1:39 pm

The way this team is playing, I think we should switch to a white Chihuahua. We play small ball so we need a small dog.

Florida Dawg

October 5th, 2010
1:40 pm

Alabama Jack – Your comment seriously made me laugh out loud. Very funny…perfect timing! I’ve always wondered why UGA doesn’t bring back the American Bulldog bread as Uga. Way back in the day, Uga was an American Bulldog. They tend to have less health issues and are a much more robust and energetic dog.

Then again they do get big (60 to 80 lbs) so maybe it would be to much to handle at a game. Then again…CU has a freakin’ Buffalo so why the heck not.

GO DAWGS!

5150 P.O.A.D

October 5th, 2010
1:40 pm

Russ will bite any UGA player not giving full effort in the next game. Russ wants to go out with a .500 record.
Do any English Bulldogs get tall? I like the Mack Trucks Bulldog’s Build. He is more like a boxer. UGA does have a drawn Bulldog on some items that is tall and barrel chested not short and fat.

J-Smoove

October 5th, 2010
1:41 pm

Maybe we can give Russ to Coach Bobo as a goodbye gift, because this weekend against the Vols will probably be his last game too.

NORRIS

October 5th, 2010
1:42 pm

I had a grandson off of UGA IV. His name was Dooley.
He was a great dog but didnt live long either. Its a shame these dogs dont live any longer than they do…

Hairy Dawg

October 5th, 2010
1:43 pm

We can’t fire Bobo, Searels, or Richt right now, so Russ is going to have to take the fall.

Andy in Blairsville

October 5th, 2010
1:45 pm

It’s pretty sad when all the hope UGA has left has come down to a morbidly overweight dog that will die at young age just like his predecessors.

JoeFann

October 5th, 2010
1:46 pm

BammerStan–if we have to explain it, you wouldn’t understand. What I’m sure you DO understand, is that SEC football is not a religion. It’s FAR more important than that.

Bremen Dawg

October 5th, 2010
1:49 pm

Best news I think we have heard in a month.

Hunk Erdown

October 5th, 2010
1:51 pm

JoeFann

You’re exactly right. What really scares me is that in December 2012 we will probably be undefeated awaiting our chance to play Boise State for the National Title, the world will end and we’ll spend eternity just wondering what could have been…

o_O

October 5th, 2010
1:52 pm

Maybe the UGA Gods aren’t allowing us to win because we’ve been using Russ instead of an UGA for too long…and we will will the rest of the games after UGA VIII is inducted… >_>

Florida Dawg

October 5th, 2010
1:55 pm

Strike that…apparently Uga has always been an english bulldog. The earlier Uga’s appeared to be a bit taller and not SO big (heavy). I think the reason the Uga’s have gotten so big because of the process of preserving a lineage. The unique traits get perpetuated and enhanced (worsened)…but that’s a completely different topic.

I say let Seiler’s line of dogs rest and let’s move to an American Bulldog! Go DAWGS!

Thrasherfan

October 5th, 2010
1:56 pm

We need a bulldog who can turn water into wine and can perform Miracles.

Tim

October 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

Too bad Mike Adams is taking part again in this ceremony. How much will it longer will it be until he is gone from UGA?

Larry Munson

October 5th, 2010
1:59 pm

…..”and he’s gotta have a big ballsack”

Still@theBAR

October 5th, 2010
2:00 pm

Thrasherfan the bulldog needs to crap $100 bills(like the Lotto Goat) so players don’t have to sell jerseys and rings.

Saben

October 5th, 2010
2:00 pm

Hear UGA VIII will be wearing Red Panties with a georgia logo, and will spend evenings in the Calarke County Jail with rest the team.

Still@theBAR

October 5th, 2010
2:02 pm

Boy I wish I could do THAT!
He’d Bite you!
One of Lewis G’s great punchlines about UGA IV