Saturday, August 30, 2008. (AP) -- Wearing a red "G" jersey, a pure white English bulldog calmly trotted across green turf to be collared the University of Georgia's new mascot.
Uga VII (seven) made his debut today in a ceremony before the Bulldogs' 45--to-21 win over Georgia Southern.
The Uga line of mascots have been featured on the covers of Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and have appeared in several movies.
The Redcoat Marching Band serenaded the coronation with Georgia fight songs.
As University of Georgia president Michael Adams slipped the red leather spike collar over his neck, Uga VII was greeted by a standing ovation and chants of "Uga! Uga!"
The new mascot comes in with high expectations. Georgia is Number One in the preseason poll for the first time in the program's history.
Savannah lawyer Frank W. "Sonny" Seiler and his family, who have owned the line of white English bulldog mascots since Uga I in 1956, escorted the school's newest celebrity onto the field.
Uga VII was named "Loran's Best" after longtime Georgia sideline reporter Loran Smith.
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