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This Day in Georgia History

October 16, 2010

Uga VIII Introduced

Prior to the University of Georgia’s homecoming game with Vanderbilt, Uga VIII was installed as the official bulldog mascot of the university in a lineage of English bulldog dating back to Uga I took the sidelines in 1956. In ceremonies on the field prior to the game, the symbolic studded collar was transferred to Uga VIII from Russ, a stand-in bulldog that had served as football mascot after the unexpected death of Uga VII in 2009. The new Uga took over as a 11-month-old, 55-pound “puppy.” His official name is Big Bad Bruce, a name that honors UGA veterinary school professor Dr. Bruce Hollett, who has attended to the Uga line of bulldogs for many years. Uga VIII apparently brought the Bulldogs good luck, and they shut out Vanderbilt 43-0. Unfortunately, Uga VIII’s time as mascot would prove to be short, as he contracted cancer soon after the regular season, and died on February 4, 2011.

Uga VIII Introduced View large image
Source: Photo: Ed Jackson