July 14, 2003
Macon, Ga.-- When the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame announces next year's inductees, one of the most coveted mascot's in the south will be left off the list.
UGA, the university of Georgia Bulldog's mascot, was snubbed this weekend when the Hall of Fame rejected a proposal by fan Frank Beckum to induct UGA I thru IV. UGA the first was introduced to Georgia fans in 1956, and the white English Bulldogs have become a regular fixture at Georgia games ever since.
Barry Phillips, the chairman of the Hall of Fame's nominating committee said the proposal was rejected because the intent is to honor individual human achievement. Nonetheless Georgia fans would love to see UGA in the Macon museum one day, and some big dogs are in his corner hoping that happens.
"I wish they would (induct UGA), it's a great part of Georgia's sports history really. So I would love it if we could get some kind of exhibit on UGA," coach Mark Richt said. "He's the greatest mascot in the nation," senior Kentrell Curry said. Would you let him in? "Yeah I would let him in, there ain't no mascot like UGA," Curry added.
Now UGA was not the only one left in the doghouse. The famous mascot's caretakers, Sonny and Cecilia Seiler were also rejected for induction into the Hall.
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