The University of Georgia mascot Uga VIII passed away on Friday. The popular bulldog had been battling lymphoma, since his diagnosis in January.
The iconic dog had a short life, being just shy of 17 months old when he passed away. He had only been a mascot for the University of Georgia since the October 16, 2010 homecoming game, serving in the post for six football games, not including the team's Liberty Bowl appearance. He was ill at the time of the bowl game.
Uga VIII's owners were hopeful that chemotherapy treatments would be successful in keeping him with the team for a while. Sadly, that was not the case.
As of this writing, a memorial service has not been scheduled. There is no doubt that it will be well-attended. University of Georgia fans are faithful to their team and their mascot. The bulldog came in number two in Fox Sports' "12 Coolest Mascots" in 2010.
Uga VIII (aka "Big Bad Bruce) will be laid to rest at a mausoleum in a corner of UGA's Sanford Stadium, along with his predecessors.
Deepest sympathies to Uga VIII's owners as well as to UGA students, alumni, staff and fans.