Thursday, August 30, 2012

Georgia gives bulldog Russ "battlefield promotion" Uga IX.

Photo via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Russ, the bulldog that has served as interim mascot for Gerogia for the past two seasons, has been officially been given the title of Uga IX.  The school refers to this as a "battlefield promotion."

“Like many great and memorable Bulldogs, Russ has earned the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” UGA President Michael Adams said in a statement. “I am confident that he will represent the Bulldog Nation very well and continue the grand tradition of Ugas.”

Russ first took the interim job after the passing of Uga VII in 2009, and again after the passing of Uga VIII. A brown patch on his back and ear most probably kept him from the job until now, as the Ugas are traditionally all-white.

The official swearing-in ceremony for Uga IX will be on Sept. 15.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)