|University of Georgia Mascots, Nickname and Traditions
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Georgia's Football Tradition Rings Strong
Much like their fight song "Glory, Glory" emphasizes, Georgia football has provided a lot to cheer about
since the university first played the game in 1892. Since their 50-0 white washing of Mercer on that January
day, Georgia has won national championships, produced Heisman Trophy winners and forged great
traditions in college football.
Georgia's success has taken them across the nation through the years to display their talents. The
Bulldogs have posted an impressive listing of bowl victories that include the Rose, Orange, Cotton and
Sugar Bowl just to name a few. The Bulldogs easily rank among the top 10 in all-time bowl appearances.
Under the direction of coaches named Butts, Dooley, Goff, Donnan and Richt, this charter member of the
SEC has long been a power broker in a league filled with football giants. Georgia has won 10 SEC titles,
trailing only Alabama and Tennessee.
Georgia lays claim to five national championships, but it's the 1980 squad that stands above the rest. Led
by freshman sensation Herschel Walker, the Bulldogs earned the nation's only undefeated record that
included a 17-10 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.
Vince Dooley's squad had good fate shine on them throughout the season as the Dog's won half their
games by a touchdown or less. A national championship seemed to be its destiny when Lindsay Scott
scored on an improbable 93-yard touchdown pass with 1:04 to play in a 26621 comeback win over Florida.
Despite the Associated Press placing Ohio State ahead of Georgia in the final 1942 poll,
it didn't sway six other polls from naming Georgia as their national champions. A late season loss to
Auburn was the only glitch in the season that featured the Heisman Trophy winning performance of Frank
Sinkwich, 11 wins and a Rose Bowl win over UCLA. Three other Georgia teams (1927, 1946 & 1968)
earned smaller claims to a national title.
Traditions at the university run deep. Georgia's mascot has graced national magazine covers and starred
in a movie. The school's Sanford Stadium is one of college football's largest and boasts one of the nation's
most famous hedges. Since the 1890s, Georgia supporters have rushed to ring the chapel bell after a
Georgia victory. With the dedication to excellence that is sure to remain in Athens, victory bells will continue
to ring often.
Georgia Bulldogs Nickname Story: Steeped in Ivy and Mystery
There is no question that Georgia fans have fully embraced the Bulldog nickname, but don't try seeking a
simple answer about how it arrived in Athens. The nickname origination debate still lingers with one
theory suggesting the school's early ties to Yale University (they're the Bulldogs) and the other one
crediting an Atlanta Journal writer for associating the Georgia football team with Bulldogs in 1920.
The Yale reflections seem logical since the first president of the school was a Yalie. The fact that they
copied the first buildings on North Campus from plans of buildings at the Ivy League school further
enhances the theory and that it was Yale that traveled south to play Georgia for the Sanford Stadium
dedication game in 1929.
For those that prefer the newspaper nickname account, this is how the Bulldog had its day in Georgia.
Morgan Blake was the Atlanta Journal writer who suggested the association because ofa bulldog's dignity
and ferocity. Atlanta Constitution reporter Cliff Wheatley supposedly sealed the deal three days later when
he referred to the Georgia football squad as the "Bulldogs" five time following their 0-0 tie with Virginia in
According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bulldog fans could have never been prouder as they
inundated Patricia Miklik, a photographer for the Montgomery Advertiser with More than 600 requests of the
'snapshot' that she took of the event. The magazine quoted Miklik as saying, "alumni want copies to use
as Christmas gifts. The football coach wants one for his training room."
Peter R. Pepinsky, an Auburn spokesmen quoted by the Chronicle said, "For a Georgia person, this
picture is magic."
University of Georgia Mascot: Uga (pronounced UH-guh) & Hairy Dawg
Ugamania isn't reserved for Saturday football home games at the University of Georgia.
It is a year round happening. The solid, white English Bulldog was named the country's best college mascot
in 1997 by Sports Illustrated and was featured on the magazine's cover for the issue rating America's Top 50
"If you can't appreciate the swaggering gait and Churchillian physiognomy ofUga V, the Bulldog's bulldog, you
must be a cat lover," the magazine wrote next to a color mug shot whose tongue hangs out more than
Uga not only attracts attention from fans and the media, but from Hollywood and political circles. In 1997
Senator Max Cleland read a tribute to Uga into the Georgia congressional record on Uga receiving a special
recognition. Here are some highlights of the Senator's speech:
"Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to UGA V, the mascot for the University of Georgia, who, this month
was honored by Sports Illustrated magazine as 'America's number one mascot.' The English Bulldog carries
almost 100 years of tradition as the mascot for the university's athletic program and is one of the most
recognizable figures in all of college sports."
"Uga V and his forefathers have helped lead the University of Georgia to build one of the most respected and
successful athletic programs in the country. The Uga line has witnessed national championships in football,
baseball and gymnastics, final fours in men's and women's basketball; and countless Southeastern
Conference championships in a variety of sports. Uga V was even invited to be the first mascot to attend the
presentation of the Heisman Trophy to Herschel Walker in 1982.
Before UGA V passed away on November 22, 1999, The solid, white English Bulldog was heralded as the
country’s best college mascot in 1997 by Sports Illustrated and was featured on the magazine’s cover for the
issue rating America’s Top 50 jock schools.
Hooray for Hollywood
Uga V established another talent when he made his nationwide big screen debut in the Clint Eastwood
directed film ''Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." This 1997 film set in Savannah, Georgia, also
boasted the talents of former Bulldogs quarterback Buck Belue, along with Uga's human 'mom and pop'
Sonny and Cecelia Seiler. Uga rated star treatment during the filming. Playing his late father, Uga IV, who
was immortalized in the best-selling book by John Berendt, the current Uga had a Hollywood stand in on the
set as well as two female trainers.
Catch a Tiger by the tail
UGA V expressed his apparent knowledge of the heated Georgia-Auburn series when he had Bulldog fans
cheering after an Auburn touchdown. This odd time for exuberance resulted from Uga's attempt to bite the
Auburn player as he ran through the end zone in the 1st quarter of what would eventually become an
overtime, upset victory for the Bulldogs on November 16, 1996.
Uga Reins over Georgia Football
Georgia Uniform Tradition: Silver Britches
This lasting tradition was implemented by former Bulldogs Head Coach Wally Butts was "silver britches" on
the uniforms. When complimented by a bright red jersey, the Bulldogs made quite a fashion statement. The
"silver britches" were popular as they were often mentioned in Bulldog cheers and on banners.
However, with the arrival of Vince Dooley in 1964 as the team's new head coach, Georgia's silver pants were
dropped to the floor in favor of traditional white ones. The colorful pants stormed back as a part of the uniform
when Dooley reinstated them prior to the 1980 season. As fate would have it, the Bulldogs won a national
championship that fall wearing "silver britches."
University of Georgia Fight Song: "Glory, Glory"
Sung to the tune of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," this Bulldogs tradition has been sung at games since as
early as the 1890s. The fight song gained its current form in 1915 when its arrangement was finalized by
Georgia musician-composer Hugh Hodgson.
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