Russ to Remain UGA's Interim Mascot for First Game

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The bulldog will keep his role for UGA for at least one game.

The Associated Press
Georgia's new mascot Uga VIII, left, is greeted by interim mascot Russ during a ceremony to introduce Uga VIII as the school's mascot before a game between Georgia and Vanderbilt on Oct. 16 in Athens.

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A family that cares for the University of Georgia's mascot says Russ the bulldog will remain in his interim role when the 2012 football season opens in September.

The Savannah Morning News reports ( that the Seiler family offered no other details about the family's plans or timetable in naming the next Uga to replace Uga VIII, who died in February 2011.

The family has provided the famed English bulldogs known as Uga since the 1950s.

Georgia opens the 2012 season on Sept. 1, when it hosts the University at Buffalo at Sanford Stadium in Athens.

Information from: Savannah Morning News,

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