Seiler dies after a lengthy illness
Cecelia Seiler, the University of Georgia graduate whose love for a little white bulldog pup more than half a century ago gave birth to a dynasty of Uga mascots, died Thursday afternoon in Savannah, Ga., after a lengthy illness. She was 80.
She and her husband, Savannah attorney Sonny Seiler, received the first white bulldog puppy as a wedding gift in 1956 when they were still students at the University of Georgia.
“I was in law school at the time,” Sonny recalled in an interview several years ago. “We were your typical starving newlyweds. We didn’t have enough money to feed ourselves, let alone a bulldog pup.”
But his bride was adamant. The Seilers took in the 4-month-old puppy that would become Uga I, and a dynasty was born.
Uga I graced the sidelines of the university’s first home football game that fall and the Seilers have been the keepers and caregivers of nine generations of the legendary mascots ever since.
• Georgia players James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor face “significant additional internal discipline” but no suspensions after being accepted into a pre-trial intervention program Thursday for their March arrests for illegal check cashing.
DeLoach, Taylor, and two former Georgia players – safety Tray Matthews and wide receiver Uriah LeMay – appeared in Clarke County State Court on Thursday. Misdemeanor charges for the four will be dropped if they complete the program.
Matthews was dismissed from the team by coach Mark Richt on Tuesday. LeMay has left Georgia and plans to transfer.
Ex-Evans player set for her finale
Former Evans resident Ashlan Ramsey is closing out her short amateur career in the Curtis Cup, which begins today in St. Louis.
Ramsey, who now lives in Milledgeville, Ga., and just completed her freshman year on the Clemson golf team, will turn pro after the matches.
The other Georgian on the team is Mariah Stackhouse, of Riverdale, who will be the first black player in the matches.
Stackhouse is a 20-year-old Stanford golfer.
“To be the first African-American on the Curtis Cup team is amazing,” Stackhouse said. “I don’t look at myself as a trail blazer. But I think that it is really cool.”
Calipari receives 7-year extension
Kentucky gave coach John Calipari a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that will pay a base package of $6.5 million next season and $8 million over each of the final three seasons.
Already one of college basketball’s highest-paid coaches, Calipari led the Wildcats to the 2012 NCAA championship and is coming off his third Final Four appearance in five years with Kentucky, a 60-54 title-game loss to Connecticut in April.
Panthers sign No. 1 draft pick
The Carolina Panthers signed first-round draft pick Kelvin Benjamin and third-round selection Trai Turner. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. All six of the team’s draft picks this year are now under contract.
• A court has suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay’s driver’s license for one year following his arrest for driving while intoxicated.
The Indianapolis Star reported that recently released documents in Hamilton County confirm the license suspension effective starting May 27.