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UGA-TECH NOTES: Temporary replacement for Uga VII: Tech to raise money for paralyzed UGA baseball players

The Associated Press. Georgia mascot Uga VII sits on the sideline during the fourth quarter of a college football game against Georgia Southern on Aug. 30, 2008, in Athens. Uga VII died on Nov. 19.

The Associated Press. Georgia mascot Uga VII sits on the sideline during the fourth quarter of a college football game against Georgia Southern on Aug. 30, 2008, in Athens. Uga VII died on Nov. 19.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia has gone to its mascot bench for the game against No. 7 Georgia Tech.

Russ, the 5-year-old half brother of Uga VII, will be prowling the sidelines when the Bulldogs face the Yellow Jackets Saturday night. He hopes to follow the success of another substitute, Otto, who filled in for four games in 1986, including an upset of Auburn, and served as co-mascot with Uga IV for a victory over Georgia Tech.

Uga VII died suddenly Nov. 19 from heart-related causes at age 4, lasting less than two seasons as the latest in the school's long line of white English bulldog mascots.

Russ may also serve as mascot in Georgia's bowl game, but won't be considered for a permanent role. Uga VIII will be selected after the first of the year.

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TECH TO RAISE MONEY FOR VEAZEY:

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech is pitching in to raise money for a paralyzed Georgia baseball player.

The Yellow Jackets baseball team will be walking through tailgate areas before Saturday night's Georgia-Georgia Tech football game to collect money for Chance Veazey, a freshman second baseman paralyzed from the waist down in an October scooter accident on the Athens campus.

The money will be sent to "Prayer for Chance," a fund at Athens First Bank and Trust that is collecting money for Veazey's medical expenses.