Mascot Uga VIII sidelined from bowl by illness; ‘Russ’ returns

MEMPHIS — Uga VIII will miss the Liberty Bowl on Friday because of illness.

Georgia’s bulldog mascot is sidelined with a “gastro-intestinal condition,” the university announced late Thursday afternoon, and did not make the trip to Memphis.

“Russ,” the former interim mascot, again will fill in, as he did for the final two games last season and the first six this year. Russ has bowl experience, having been in Shreveport for Georgia’s victory over Texas A&M in last season’s Independence Bowl.

Uga VIII took over as Georgia’s mascot at the Oct. 16 homecoming game against Vanderbilt.

Georgia plays Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

– Tim Tucker

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December 30th, 2010
5:39 pm

sandman053

December 30th, 2010
5:39 pm

Damn good Dawg!

sandman053

December 30th, 2010
5:40 pm

Dang missed first by that much!

bat hunter

December 30th, 2010
5:44 pm

go dawgs! to heck with tech…

still@the bar

December 30th, 2010
5:49 pm

Like the Dawgs now RUSS is fighting not to have a losing record. BBB ie Uga VIII is a whimp.

ATL-AU

December 30th, 2010
5:50 pm

Uga VIII is sidelined with a “gastro-intestinal condition,” … Translation:: he is sick to his stomach about being the mascot for such a worthless fan base, a worthless team, and a worthless bowl invite that is hardly deserved.

Tdawgmoney

December 30th, 2010
5:51 pm

Sounds like “ole big bad” has already gotten “sick at his stomach” at the level of play of his beloved Dawgs….like the rest of us…..

Russ Is Back « Year of the Dawg

December 30th, 2010
5:57 pm

[...] to the AJC, Uga VIII will not be prowling the sidelines of the Liberty Bowl due to suffering from an illness. In his place will be Russ, our [...]

ATL-AU

December 30th, 2010
5:59 pm

ATL-AU why don’t you move back to Alabama.

DawginOH

December 30th, 2010
5:59 pm

What a trooper that Russ is. Get better soon, Uga VIII!

AltamahaDawg

December 30th, 2010
6:09 pm

uhh, if it’s such a worthless bowl, how is it hardly deserved? Contradict yourself much?

Bryan G.

December 30th, 2010
6:10 pm

I mean…I don’t want to go either. I voted with my feet probably more than I should have this year by staying home.

Slaw Dawg

December 30th, 2010
6:13 pm

Yeah ATL-AU. Why don’t you move back to Alabama. Your marriage to your sister will be legal there.

ATL-_AU

December 30th, 2010
6:14 pm

My Moma kicked me out of the trailer back home in Alabama and I like the life style around Atlanta…like Piedmont Park!

not true

December 30th, 2010
6:15 pm

are you sure GA is telling you the truth Tim? UGA llla left to sign a contract with the Atlanta Braves, haven’t you seen the headlines the last few weeks?

Steve

December 30th, 2010
6:16 pm

They probably forced thepoor little guy to watch the GaTech bowl game. It made everyone’s stomach turn.

Use academics as an excuse that you can’t get good players all you want, but we all know those players are being pushed thru the system just like any other major school. Simple fact is, your team sucks, your campus is ugly, the surrounding area is riddled with crime, and your coaching staff thinks an offense that died a horrible death in division 1A over two decades ago will work.

It’s no wonder Tech fans are always so angry when they post on these boards. I would also be angry if that was my favorite school.

Paul in RDU

December 30th, 2010
6:17 pm

Uga VIII has a gastro-intestinal problem? Sounds like too much left over turkey to me.

42-34 Dawgs STILL Run This State!

December 30th, 2010
6:19 pm

Both Russ and Uga VIII have one thing in common – both are UNDEFEATED against CPJ’s maggots!

Mark

December 30th, 2010
6:29 pm

I hate to be this guy. However, I’m alumnus of UGA and a season ticket holder since 1987. I thought I’d never say this but the program just feels adrift. Caleb suspended again, Uga VIII misses the bowl game. Mark Richt is probably a nice man and a decent coach but Georgia has lost direction and focus under him. He made a lot of money so don’t feel sorry for him. It’s time for a change and that will be even more evident when Crowell signs with Alabama and Drew with Auburn.

still@the bar

December 30th, 2010
6:32 pm

3-3 RUSS or 4-4 BBB aka Uga VIII I think I like Russ better. Russ should have been given to chance to finish this year anyway. Hell. Russ didn’t get arrested the whole year. I guess the bowl game and a chance to have a winning record is his reward.

Innocent Bystander

December 30th, 2010
6:40 pm

Perhaps Uga VIII was skipping his academic meetings too…

td

December 30th, 2010
6:43 pm

Mark

December 30th, 2010
6:29 pm

Well Mark, if you have lost faith in the program then I guess it might be time for you to retire as a fan, turn in your tickets, put that gear in the closet and take up golf on Saturday afternoons.

reebok

December 30th, 2010
6:44 pm

georgia’s got good depth at dog

HBreed

December 30th, 2010
6:46 pm

Russ should get honorary status of Uga 7.5.

reebok

December 30th, 2010
6:46 pm

Steve – Hi.Tech fan here. Not angry. Not happy about the season, but not angry. Sorry if you’ve had bad experiences with less-than-classy Tech fans. Good luck against Central Florida tomorrow.

jomps

December 30th, 2010
6:47 pm

Tell Russ to keep his sorry ass at home…

NoGaGator

December 30th, 2010
6:50 pm

I’ve missed Russ, the Temporary Mascot’s banter.

Welcome back!

. . . . . .7-6 we hope

December 30th, 2010
6:53 pm

Welcome back Russ, no spraypaint this time.

still@the bar

December 30th, 2010
6:55 pm

Russ is hating the butt painting, but he wants to get a winning record.

still@the bar

December 30th, 2010
6:59 pm

The ACC all up in that SEC &*&%&% 7-0 but an INT on the UT 30.

Coffee Bluff DAWG

December 30th, 2010
7:02 pm

I don’t think we really lose a lot with Russ filling in for UGA VIII. Good hard-nosed Waycross farm DAWG.

wxwax

December 30th, 2010
7:02 pm

Georgia’s breed of bulldog seems to be extremely unhealthy. Seems like every time I turn around one of them is sick, dying or dead.

And when you seem them on the sidelines, they look listless and downright bad.

Is this a problem with bulldogs in general, or just the batch Georgia gets?

DollarDawg43

December 30th, 2010
7:03 pm

Mark I’m a third generation Dawg with a daughter who has been already accepted, meaning we will have our fourth generation represented beginning next fall semester. You’ve had season tickets since ‘87? A lot of us (and I mean a LOT of us) have had season tickets a lot longer than that and we are much more loyal to our beloved UGA than you appear to be.

True, we have had two seasons that have been tough to take but now is not the time to get weak. Anybody can jump on the bandwagon when things go great. Dawg up man, never back down on that bark!

heeldawg

December 30th, 2010
7:08 pm

ATL-AU, enjoy your moment in the sun before the world comes crashing down around your ears. Perhaps not this week, perhaps not the next, but the lie that this Auburn season has been will be exposed sometime in the future. Cam will finish out his mercenary NFL audition year and move on to the pros, the NCAA will make an example out of your outlaw program, and Auburn will return to being Auburn next season (translation: second best team in your own state)–or worse, if the whole truth comes out. Which could mean the NCAA Death Penalty, loss of SACS accreditation, and/or expulsion from the SEC.

Yeah, we have a “worthless” fanbase. I’m sure Auburn and Bobby Louder know exactly what things are “worth.”

(Thanks, by the way, for taking the students who couldn’t get into Georgia all these years.)

Marks no Dawg

December 30th, 2010
7:12 pm

Pay no attention to Mark. He is a pretender. If he is really a Dawg he is not much of one.

Auburn Rules

December 30th, 2010
7:13 pm

Hey you cannot feed a dog TURKEY. But I guess with the Turkey Season UGA has had he is sick to his stomach.

DollarDawg43

December 30th, 2010
7:15 pm

ATL-AU, heeldawg is dead on in paragraph one. When all is said and done (and it will take 2-3 years I am guessing), the memories of 2010 will be distant and the punishment meted out that time will make all of what you are bragging about now hardly worth the pain you will feel then.

I’ve always respected AU and have enjoyed the unusual connection it has to UGA but, trust me, none of what you will enjoy this season will be worth it when the NCAA finally gets through with you.

Savannah, GA

December 30th, 2010
7:16 pm

Dawgie Russ deserves a photograph for working tomorrow.

Dawg

December 30th, 2010
7:19 pm

wxwax–Any pure breed, such as the line of English Bulldogs from which the Ugas descend, are more prone to health issues. Bulldogs, like Pugs and Boston Terriers, are marked by a sort of squashed face which means shorter nasal passages and an increase in respiratory infections. Bulldogs are also not a small breed (50 pounds is not uncommon) and on a smaller frame leads to joint issues that may require surgery. The GI issue that Uga VIII is currently experiencing, however, is not a breed-specific issue…just a nice way of saying diarrhea or vomiting from eating grass.

As for the listless look on the sideline…my only explanation is that, sadly, there hasn’t been much to cheer about in recent years as a dawg fan.

still@the bar

December 30th, 2010
7:21 pm

fake still@the bar are you watching your new playing UNC. Derek Dooley will OWN the dawgs.

RedPantsDawg

December 30th, 2010
7:21 pm

A 6-6 season gives the best of us stomach problems.

wxwax

December 30th, 2010
7:21 pm

Thanks Dawg!

still@the bar

December 30th, 2010
7:23 pm

they’re telling me this bar stool is upside down, but it suuuuure feels right to me!

Joe T

December 30th, 2010
7:23 pm

Gastro-Intestinal? Oh UGA VIII…….break out the Pepto-Bismol!!

PATRICIA WALKER

December 30th, 2010
7:26 pm

POOR PUP I LOVE HIM AND RUSS WISH I COULD BE THERE FOR THE GAME BUT I’M STUCK HERE IN FLORIDA AS ALWAYS

dawgdoodie

December 30th, 2010
7:27 pm

AFA 14 GT 7… nuff said…

UGA's look sickly

December 30th, 2010
7:28 pm

Honestly, the last 2 UGA’s did not look very healthy in their debut. I hate to say it but I saw a short run for UGA VII and unless someone works on VIII, from the looks of things on the sideline shots, this poor dog doesn’t look to be long lived.

"Chef" Tim Dix

December 30th, 2010
7:35 pm

What, no “they spray painted my ass”, post from Russ the temporary mascot?

Oh the humanity!!!

ack

December 30th, 2010
7:37 pm

Wow Richard, you screwed up “your” and “you’re” twice in one sentence; you’re just a special brand of retard, aren’t you?

still@the bar

December 30th, 2010
7:38 pm

“Chef” maybe we can go in the archives to cut and paste the “BEST of RUSS the Temporary Mascot” postings.