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September 17--  OnLine Athens reports on Russ, UGA's ninth Bulldog mascot.

In Russ We Trust: Uga IX named in pre-game ceremony

Copyright 2012 Online Athens. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.In Russ We Trust: Uga IX named in pre-game ceremonyKarah-Leigh HancockSeptember 17, 2012 12:04 AM EDT

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new Uga!

Russ, the lovable English bulldog that has served as interim mascot was finally named Uga IX Saturday before Georgia Bulldogs kicked off its second home game of the season against Florida Atlantic at Sanford Stadium.

ImageFans cheered and barked as University of Georgia President Michael Adams collared Russ with the red, spiky dog collar that officially made him the new Georgia mascot. The Seiler family, who owns the English bulldog line that the original Uga came from, looked on.

Russ has served as interim mascot for 25 games over the last four seasons, but now will be known simply as Uga IX. He is the brother of Uga VII and was never groomed to be a full-time mascot.

“We’ve done it lots before and it’s the same every time — very emotional,” Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler, the Savannah attorney who owns Russ, said.

Seiler said that he never anticipated there being a Uga IX after the tradition was started while he was a second-year law student at Georgia. He also said that Russ is in excellent health as far as they know for a dog his age.

“He knows what it’s like when he puts on his jersey and comes into the stadium,” Seiler said. “He’s very excited.”

Fans from near and far came to see the new Uga being crowned. Some carried signs celebrating Russ, had Uga IX painted on their faces and some even carried stuffed Bulldogs to the game.


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