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Russ The Bulldog Will Be UGA Mascot To Start Season

The Georgia Bulldogs mascot will still be interim Russ the bulldog at the start of the 2012 season against Buffalo on Sept. 1. The Savannah Morning News cites a source from the Seller family, which cares for Russ, that says there is no set timetable for naming the next Uga.

Russ is in his second stint as interim mascot - he took over for his half-brother, Uga VII, following the dog's death in 2009 - and he boasts a 14-10 record. Yes, the dog.

This via the Savannah Morning News:

The mascot's main caretaker, Charles Seiler, expressed concerns late last year about subjecting a puppy to the early September heat and hinted the family might wait until late September to install a successor to Uga VIII, which died in December 2010.

Russ is the longest-serving sub since Sonny and Cecilia Seiler first brought Uga I to Sanford Stadium to root on the Bulldogs in 1956.

Read more on the Bulldogs at Dawg Sports and SB Nation Atlanta.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.