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“Son, you are gonna get used to it.”

The afternoon was soon elevated with excitement. Mangan sat by the man who would become his mentor regarding all things Georgia and watched the Bulldogs defeat South Carolina and Duke on a sun splashed afternoon. The buzz of an adoring student body, the setting and the colorful coach caused Mangan to become smitten to the extent that when he returned home, he told his parents that he would be walking on to play tennis at Georgia, which meant he would be giving up offers to play with scholarship aid elsewhere.

Being the oldest of six kids, Mangan’s decision was not good news for his parents, but after they journeyed to Athens, toured the campus and met the dynamic coach, they became smitten, too.

“The decision to walk on at Georgia, turned out to be the best decision I ever made,” Mangan says. He was given scholarship aid his second year and soon enjoyed the benefits of a “full ride.” Today, he continues an exalted business career in money management and the securities industry where he has been ultra-successful for over three decades, always allocating time for the University of Georgia.

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ness, the high times in his life come about when he shows up in Athens for a Bulldog tennis match in the spring or a fall football game between the hedges. “I get excited,” he says, “anytime I walk the campus.”

Charlotte, he points out, attracts more UGA graduates than any place outside the state of Georgia and notes that with the great patronage by Bulldog fans, the Georgia- Clemson game last Labor Day weekend “was the largest economic event from a sports perspective in the city of Charlotte’s history.”

John Mangan’s Bulldog pride and his love of alma mater are exceptional which should come as no surprise. He was and is the beneficiary of the influence of the “Magillian doctrine,” which for many Bulldog partisans, is heart-warming and especial.

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