Good news, Georgia fans! The solution to what has ailed your team all season long is finally here. No, it's not the return of A.J. Green, it is the return of Uga. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the newest in the long line of Georgia mascots, Uga VIII, will be making his debut at Sanford Stadium on October 16 against Vanderbilt.
The news comes from Sonny Seiler, the man who has provided Georgia with Ugas 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 a news release will be issued and a photograph provided. The photo will be shot in Savannah later this week, he said.
Seiler did give one hint, saying that Uga VIII is a "big" dog. So maybe he can double as a defensive tackle or something.
The Bulldogs have been Uga-less since Uga VII died from heart-related causes in November of 2009. Which may have been a blessing because had he lived to see this season he'd have probably been wishing for death. Russ, Uga VII's half-brother (dog infidelity!), has been serving as the interim mascot since.
So should the Bulldogs start winning once they have their new mascot, Russ can serve as a handy "fall dog" for Mark Richt. "Don't blame me, blame Russ!"