Russ gets the nod

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After serving two terms as interim mascot for the Georgia Bulldogs, Russ got a battlefield promotion and assumed the title of Uga IX. President Michael F. Adams fastened the official collar on the English bulldog at a ceremony before the Sept. 15 Georgia-Florida Atlantic football game.

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

The half-brother of Uga VII, Russ served as interim mascot for a total of 23 games. Following the unexpected death of Uga VII on Nov. 19, 2009, Russ served as interim mascot the final two games of the 2009 season and the first six games of 2010. Uga VIII was introduced on Oct. 16, 2010, prior to the Georgia-Vanderbilt game. Russ was pressed back into duty prior to the 2010 Liberty Bowl and stayed on following the untimely death of Uga VIII in February 2011.

Russ roamed the sidelines at all 14 games during the 2011 season. While serving in the interim role, Russ has posted a record of 14-9, including the 2011 SEC Eastern Division championship.

The continuous line of Georgia Bulldog mascots has been owned by the family of Frank “Sonny” Seiler (BBA ’56, JD ’57) for 56 years.