The Georgia Bulldogs are next up for the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The game taking place Saturday night at 7:00PM in Athens, GA on ESPNU.
But as always, you didn’t click the link to hear about football… here are your 7 bullet points that you’ll need to know about the University of Georgia.
- The country of Georgia was founded in 1918, some 133 after the University of Georgia was founded. The country split off from Russia during the Russian Revolution…and yes the area the country of Georgia is founded on does actually date back to homoerectus. Fitting when you see pictures like this Georgia fan:
- Georgia was incorporated in 1785 and is one of three schools in the country to claim title to “Oldest Public University in the United States”. While they can’t prove their the oldest, the first president of the university, Abraham Baldwin, was one forty signers of the United States Constitution.
- On July 2, 1799, the Senatus Academicus met in Louisville, Georgia and decided that the time was right to officially begin the University. — Louisville, Kentucky was founded in 1778, some 8 years prior to Louisville, Georgia (1786).
- The University of Georgia adopted the Bulldog nickname in 1920. There have been 9 bulldog mascots, each named UGA (I – IX) since the school adopted the sideline roaming “Dawg”in 1956. The average span as mascot of those dogs, 6.4 years.
- To have an UGA since the founding of Georgia would require that the current UGA would not be IX but XXXV (35).
- Stephen C Foster found both Kentucky and Georgia to be quite old. In fact, he wrote a song about each in “My Old Kentucky Home” (1852) and “Swanee River” (also known as Old Folks Home), after the Southern Georgia/Northern Florida River that flows to the Gulf of Mexico.
- My Old Kentucky Home is the state song of Kentucky and is played by the Kentucky marching band 15 minutes prior to kickoff for every Kentucky football game.