Uga VII, the English bulldog mascot of the University of Georgia, died unexpectedly Thursday morning in Savannah of “heart related causes,” the school’s athletic association said.
Uga VII, 4, made his first official sideline appearance Bulldogs’ mascot on Aug. 30, 2008, replacing his father, Uga VI, who had died during the previous offseason. Georgia officials said a replacement mascot will not be named for the Nov. 21 contest vs. Kentucky, but a wreath will be placed on Uga VII’s doghouse near the east endzone.
Uga VII’s given name was Loran’s Best, in honor of longtime UGA football sideline reporter Loran Smith. He was the shortest tenured official mascot, replacing his father, who was the winningest Georgia mascot.
Although, if you have been following Georgia football this season, their play has killed more than just UGA VII. My mother is a Georgia grad, so all of the kids have always been fans of Georgia (I really only watch WVU and Georgia as far as college football), and of course we love UGA.