Georgia Regents Board Mulls Lifting Ban on Caskets With School Logos

Die-hard Georgia sports fans who want their favorite college team included in their funeral plans may soon get the Board of Regents' blessing to have the team logo emblazoned on their casket.

The board agreed Tuesday to revisit a decades-old policy banning university logos on alcoholic beverages, burial items and other merchandise.

The policy also keeps the logo off of sex toys, toilet seats and any item that "may cause embarrassment or ridicule to the Board of Regents or its institutions."

A Macon-based company that already sells UGA and Tech caskets — apparently in violation of the policy — asked for the changes.

Scott Walston's Collegiate Memorials has sold a dozen Georgia Tech and University of Georgia coffins, despite the ban. The gleaming caskets feature the respective school's logo on the inside lid. He sells and ships all over the country with dozens of school logos.

Regent Donald Leeburn said he has no objections to the caskets, and urged the regents to look over all the banned items.

Leeburn has run into the 1982 trademark policy before. His liquor distributing company, Georgia Crown, put out a wine bearing a UGA logo in 2004, violating the rules.

The university system quickly halted sales and pulled the wine from the shelves.

University system officials plan to review the policy and present suggestions at an upcoming meeting.