Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs
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UniversityUniversity of Georgia
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
NCAADivision I/FBS
Athletic directorGreg McGarity
LocationAthens, Georgia
Varsity teams19
Football stadiumSanford Stadium
Basketball arenaStegeman Coliseum
Baseball stadiumFoley Field
NatatoriumGabrielsen Natatorium
MascotUga
Hairy Dawg
NicknameBulldogs, 'Dawgs
Fight songGlory, Glory
ColorsRed and Black[1]
         
Websitewww.georgiadogs.com
SEC logo in Georgia's colors

The Georgia Bulldogs are the athletic teams representing the University of Georgia, which is located in Athens, Georgia. The female athletic teams are sometimes referred to as Lady Bulldogs. The Bulldogs compete in NCAA Division I and are members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The official mascot is an English Bulldog named Uga, (derived from an abbreviation of the University of Georgia), while the costumed character version of Uga is Hairy Dawg.

The university sponsors nineteen sports – baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's equestrian, football, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track, and women's volleyball. Those 19 teams have won a combined 41 national championships (including 28 NCAA championships) and 151 Southeastern Conference championships through the end of the 2013–14 school year.[2]In 2006, the Bulldogs recorded the highest profit margin of any athletic program in the country (according to the EADA report),[3] pulling in $23.9 million.

Nickname and mascot

Uga VI, the official live mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs from 1981 to 1990

The first mention of "Bulldogs" in association with Georgia athletics occurred on November 28, 1901, at the Georgia-Auburn football game played in Atlanta. The Georgia fans "had a badge saying 'Eat'em Georgia' and a picture of a bulldog tearing a piece of cloth";[4] however, it was not until 1920 that the nickname "Bulldog" was used to describe the athletic teams at the University of Georgia. Traditionally, the choice of a Bulldog as the UGA mascot was attributed to the alma mater of its founders and first president, who graduated from Yale University.[5] On November 3, 1920, Morgan Blake, a sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal wrote a story about school nicknames for football teams and proposed:

The Georgia Bulldogs would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity.[6]

Shortly thereafter, another news story appeared in the Atlanta Constitution in which the name "Bulldogs" was used several times to describe the Georgia football team and the nickname has been used ever since then.

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