Georgia Bulldogs football
The Georgia Bulldogs football team represents the University of Georgia in football. The Bulldogs are a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and are frequently a top-25 team. The University of Georgia has a football team since 1892 with an all-time record of 724–384–54 (a .646 winning percentage). The "Dawgs," as they are sometimes called, play in historic Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, which, with a capacity of 92,746, is the eighth largest on-campus stadium in the United States and the 15th largest stadium in the world. The Bulldogs have won 12 Southeastern Conference championships and produced two Heisman Trophy winners, as well as winners of a number of other awards and numerous All-Americans and NFL players.
Georgia Bulldogs History
The University of Georgia first formed a football squad in 1892,with chemistry professor Charles Herty as head coach. The team played its first game against a team from Mercer University, in what was supposedly the first football game played in the deep south. Playing on a field that would later be called Herty Field, Georgia beat Mercer by a score of 50-0. In the second game of that inaugural "season," Georgia lost by a score of 10–0 to Auburn University. That game marked the beginning of Georgia’s longest-standing football rivalry, which is called the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. Vince Dooley held the head coach position longer than any other Bulldogs coach, leading the Bulldogs from 1964 until 1988. During his tenure as head coach, Georgia won its second consensus national championship in 1980. The 1967 Cotton Bowl win over SMU made Georgia only the 3rd school in college football history to have won all 4 of the historical major bowls, Rose, Cotton, Sugar, Orange.
Georgia Bulldogs Conference affiliations
Georgia was a founding member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), one of the first collegiate athletic conferences formed in the United States. Georgia participated in the SIAA from its establishment in 1895 until 1921. In 1921, the Bulldogs, along with 12 other teams, left the SIAA and formed the Southern Conference. During its time in the Southern Conference, the team never won a conference championship. In 1932, the Georgia Bulldogs left the Southern Conference to form and join the Southeastern Conference (SEC), where Georgia has won the third most SEC football championships, with 12, behind Alabama (22) and Tennessee (13).
Georgia Bulldogs Nicknames
It was not until 1920 that the nickname "Bulldog" was used to describe the football team, a name bestowed by sportswriters. An Atlanta Journal story about school nicknames proposed: The Georgia Bulldogs would sound good because there is a certain dignity about a bulldog, as well as ferocity. Shortly thereafter, another news story appeared in which the name "Bulldogs" was used several times to describe the Georgia team and the nickname has been used ever since. Prior to that time, Georgia was simply known as the "Red and Black." In more recent years, the Bulldogs have been referred to by fans as the "Dawgs."
Georgia Bulldogs Traditions
* Uga (pronounced UH-GUH) is the name of a lineage of white Bulldogs, which have served as the mascot of the University of Georgia since 1956. Uga VI, whose reign began in 1999, died from congestive heart failure at his home in Savannah, Georgia on June 27, 2008. Uga VII made his debut on August 30, 2008 in a 45–21 win over the Georgia Southern Eagles. Uga VII's official name is Uga VI's "Loran's Best." Uga VII died in November 2009, and has yet to be replaced. Deceased Ugas are interred in a mausoleum near the main entrance to Sanford Stadium.
* Glory, Glory is the fight song for the Georgia Bulldogs and was sung at football games as early as the 1890s. The fight song was arranged in its current form in 1915.
* Larry Munson, also known as the Voice of the Bulldogs, announced Georgia football games from 1966-2008. Many of his calls are famous among Georgia fans and he is seen as a signature of Georgia football culture. He is widely seen as one of the best announcers in American sports.
* The ringing of the Chapel Bell after a Georgia victory started in the 1890s when the playing field was located near the Chapel and freshmen were compelled to ring the Chapel's bell until midnight to celebrate the victory. Today, freshmen are no longer required to do the chore, with students, alumni, and fans taking their place.
* "How 'Bout Them Dawgs" is a slogan of recent vintage that first surfaced in the late 1970s and has become a battle cry of Bulldog fans. The slogan received national attention and exposure when Georgia won the national championship in 1980 and wire services proclaimed "How 'Bout Them Dogs!"
* The "Dawg Walk" is a tradition that was revived in the 2001 season that features the football players walking through a gathering of fans on the way to Sanford Stadium. The Dawg walk was revived when Mark Richt took over as football coach. The famous Redcoat band traditionally leads the Dawg walk.
* "Hunker Down Hairy Dawg" is a slogan Bulldog fans use on third downs telling the defense to get tough and make a stop on third down Rivalries The Bulldogs have three main rivals, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Florida Gators. All three rivalries commenced over 100 years ago. With long rivalries, it is not surprising that there is some disagreement over the records between the schools. For example, Georgia discredits two games in 1943 and 1944 against Georgia Tech, both UGA losses, because some of their players were in the war.
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