‘In Russ they trust:’ Uga IX is inaugurated at Sanford Stadium




UGA President Michael Adams UGA President Michael Adams “collars” Russ the bulldog, officially inaugurating the dog as Uga IX shortly before Saturday night’s kickoff against Florida Atlantic. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)


ATHENS – Everybody loves Russ it seems, even Mark Richt. On the eve of Russ’ inauguration as an official Uga mascot – “collaring” it’s called in these parts – the Bulldogs’ head coach talked about how Russ exemplifies a football player who has been overlooked but just did his job to the best of his ability and finally got a break.

“You know what, the guy, he could have gotten bitter,” Richt said with a laugh this week. “Everybody was saying that he couldn’t get it done. It was a little bit like Kwame Geathers hearing about John Jenkins so much. He didn’t like it, so he bowed his neck and won the job. I’m proud of him.”

Russ, an 8-year-old half-brother of Uga VII, has served as interim mascot for 25 games over four seasons when Ugas VII and VIII died. He’ll be sworn in as the …

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