DawgPost.com and the Savannah Morning News are both reporting that Georgia Bulldog mascot Uga VI passed away last night. Uga VI (aka: "Uga V's Whatchagot Loran") was born in July 1998, and he took over for his father in Sept. 1999 during a "Passing of the Bone" ceremony. (image: Si.com)
Update: Official UGA Statement with Details on His Passing
He was the adored mascot of the program, but he was also a beloved family pet of the Seiler family. The Savannah Morning News reports that Uga VI had a heart attack last night, and the family was by his side at his passing. According to the official statement:
“He was a good one,” Seiler said. “What can I say? He had a marvelous record. He was a very strong and healthy dog. He was the biggest of all the dogs, and he had the biggest heart. It just played out.”Our thoughts are with the Seiler family today.
During his tenure the football team enjoyed a long run of prosperity going 87-27 overall, 52-23 in the SEC and 7-2 in bowl games. This was a Dawg who saw a lot of very good football perched high atop a gigantic bag of ice. (Updated: It was 87 wins. I didn't realize the SC game was the 2nd of the season '99)
To the best of my knowledge, Uga VI only missed two games during his tenure. Animal quarantine rules prohibited him making the trip to Hawaii for the 2000 Oahu Bowl, and he missed the 2005 game at Mississippi State due to illness and the remnants of a hurricane passing over the area.
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As of 12:08 pm (when I wrote the first version of this), there was no word on how the Seiler family and Georgia officials will handle the transfer of responsibilities to Uga VII. The two biggest upcoming events/appearances for Uga VII would be the UGA Kickoff Charity event (July 18-19) and Picture Day (August).
As the news trickles in today, we'll update our article.
Damn Good Dawg.