Uga VIII Passes Away

By: UGA Sports Communications
By: UGA Sports Communications

Athens, GA - Uga VIII, the white male English Bulldog mascot of the University of Georgia, passed away early Friday. He had been diagnosed with lymphoma in early January of this year.

No formal funeral ceremony is scheduled.

Born Sept. 12, 2009, Uga VIII had been introduced to the Bulldog Nation Saturday, Oct. 16, during pre-game ceremonies of the Georgia-Vanderbilt game in Sanford Stadium. He served the final six regular season games of 2010.

According to the Frank W. “Sonny” Seiler family, long-time owners of the Bulldog line of mascots, “Russ” will serve again as the interim mascot. Russ served as interim mascot the final two games of 2009 and the first six games of 2010 prior to Uga VIII being introduced. The continuous line of Georgia Bulldog mascots have been owned by the Seiler family for more than 50 years.

Photo credit: Danny White

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  • by Mariotti Location: Florida on Feb 5, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    Just get any georgia chick from a trailer park to replace him and you'll never notice the differene...
  • by Allison Location: Texas on Feb 4, 2011 at 08:16 PM
    Iwas born and raised in GA until Jan. of 07 and moved to TX but GA Bulldogs have always been my team. I have the GA bulldog purse and wallet and I get a lot of strange looks from people in TX about it, but Dawgs come first. R.I.P. UGA VIII, we will miss you and sorry you were sick. You will be greatly missed by GA fans near and far.
  • by Jason Location: Duluth,GA on Feb 4, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    R.I.P. UGA VIII. Though he was only with us a short time, he will be remembered and missed by all us Dawgs fans
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