A new single, “Bulldog Bite,” was playing on everyone’s radio. Buck Belue headed up UGA’s potent offense, along with the season’s breakout star, future Heisman winner Herschel Walker. The “Track People” were cheering for the “Silver Britches” in a final, boisterous hurrah.
It was 1980 and the University of Georgia Bulldogs were on their way to being “Unbeaten, Untied, Unbelievable“ and capturing a national championship. Those glory days are being revisited this fall at the Russell Special Collections Libraries with an exhibit of materials from the UGA Athletic Association archives.
Guided tours of the exhibit, “Undisputed,” will be offered Fridays at 3:30 p.m. before each home football fame, beginning Sept. 4.
Numerous photographs, many rarely, if ever, seen; the gleaming Silver Britches worn by the heroes of the day – Lindsay Scott, Rex Robinson, Carnie Norris, Scott Woerner; a piece of the railroad tracks made famous by its rowdy fans are among the artifacts visitors will see. In addition to an homage to the Track People, who lost their free seats when the east end of the stadium was enclosed after the 1980 season, tribute is also paid to the late Erk Russell, Georgia’s beloved defensive coordinator who coined the term “Junkyard Dogs,” leading the Redcoat Band to break into Jim Croce’s “Bad, bad Leroy Brown” after big plays.
The Russell Special Collections Libraries, at 300 S. Hull St., are open free to the public Monday through Friday and Saturdays 1-5 p.m., except on home football game days. In addition to the football exhibit, on display through November in the rotunda, there are three museum galleries with items from each library – the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.