Georgia Bulldogs- One of the Successful SEC Schools
The Georgia Bulldogs team has nineteen sports - baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's equestrian,
football, men's and women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's
tennis, men's and women's track, and women's volleyball. Those 19 teams have won a combined 31 team national championships and 127
Southeastern Conference championships.
The first mention of "Bulldogs" in association with Georgia athletics occurred on November 28, 1901, at the Georgia-Auburn football game played in
Atlanta. The Georgia fans "had a badge saying 'Eat `em Georgia' and a picture of a bulldog tearing a piece of cloth"; however, it was not until 1920
that the nickname "Bulldog" was used to describe the athletic teams at the University of Georgia.
Shortly thereafter, another news story appeared in the Atlanta Constitution in which the name "Bulldogs" was used several times to describe the
Georgia football team and the nickname has been used ever since then.
The athletic department suffered through several controversies in the early 2000s, including a major scandal within the men's basketball program. In
2003, a power struggle between University President Michael Adams and athletic director and beloved Bulldog legend Vince Dooley stole headlines
across the country when Adams refused to renew Dooley's contract, effectively firing him. The battle became one painted as academics versus
athletics, though this idea was rejected when the University's Franklin College of Arts and Sciences faculty issued a vote of "no confidence" on Adams'
leadership in 2004.
The firestorm has calmed slightly since then, however, largely due to the success of Dooley's successor, Damon Evans. In 2006, the Bulldogs
recorded the highest profit margin of any athletic program in the country, pulling in $23.9 million, and also recorded another highly-successful year on
Auburn Tigers is the name given