Georgia officially retires Uga IX, names 'Que' Uga X

Russ has been officially retired with a record of 44-19. (USATSI)
Russ has been officially retired with a record of 44-19. (USATSI)

The crown has been passed at Georgia once again.

The Bulldogs announced Thursday that Uga IX has been officially retired, his seat in the sideline doghouse filled by "Que" after "a successful three-month audition in the role" of Uga X. Like each other Uga before him, Que is owned by the Seiler family of Savannah, who have provided and cared for the Georgia line of mascots since 1956.

Initially known by his pre-mascotdom name of "Russ," Uga IX first served on an interim basis during the 2009 and 2010 seasons before officially becoming the next Uga early in the 2012 campaign. He yielded the sideline to Que at the beginning of the 2015 season, finishing his Uga career with an overall record of 44-19*.

Que has been on the sidelines for all seven Georgia games thus far this season (even if not all of them have turned out well).

'We are thrilled to have Que join our long line of mascots and he has already proven to be up to the task of serving as our official mascot,'' Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said. ''We tip our cap to Russ, who served admirably as UGA IX and has been a great mentor to Que, UGA X.

''We also thank the remarkable Seiler family for their continued support of our program in such a special way.''

As for the timing of the announcement, well, Georgia has a bye this week, giving the team the extra time it needs to adjust to the changes. Probably.

*If you think this is a silly thing to keep track of, well, suffice it to say Georgia fans are going to disagree with you. Maybe vehemently. 

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