The Washington Times - June 28, 2008, 02:48PM

In the race for college sports’ best mascot, it’s really, really hard to argue with Uga.

If you assume a really good mascot should be a living, breathing organism rather than an outright costume, the field is narrowed considerably: Louisiana State, Colorado, West Virginia (the Mountaineer should definitely count), Tennessee and, out of respect for history, Army and Navy.

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But Uga is downright iconic. And in one of the saddest bits of news of this college football offseason, Uga VI died yesterday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In a sign of just how big a deal Uga is, he’ll be buried Monday morning at Sanford Stadium.

Since it’s a slow time for college sports, there’s probably no better time for a discussion on top mascots. Anyone have an argument for another choice? And was there an obvious choice left off the brief rundown above?