A new era for Texas athletics is about to begin. The university announced on Monday that a new Bevo mascot was selected by the Silver Spurs Alumni Association.
“Bevo has embodied Longhorn pride and Texas spirit for 100 years,” UT President Gregory L. Fenves said in a news release. “He is part of our campus culture and has watched our football team’s successes for decades. I’m looking forward to seeing Bevo XV in his place of honor on the field this coming season.”
Bevo XV will make his grand entrance on Sept. 4 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, as the Longhorns football team hosts Notre Dame in the season opener. The previous mascot, Bevo XIV, died in his sleep late last year after being diagnosed with bovine leukemia virus.
“We are excited to kick off the upcoming athletics season by introducing the newest edition of one of our most beloved traditions at The University of Texas,” Texas men’s athletics director Mike Perrin said in the release. “It’s also appropriate to unveil Bevo XV during this 100th anniversary year. We all look forward to meeting Bevo XV in September.”
On the selection process, the executive director of the Silver Spurs Alumni Association said in the release that “Bevo XV has all of the characteristics that we were looking for — he is a beautiful steer with great disposition, color and a championship pedigree. Each Bevo has had his own unique personality and Bevo XV is no exception. He’s very gentle, smart and curious. He is used to being around people and enjoys the attention. Silver Spurs handlers are working with him, becoming more familiar with his personality as well as proper leading and showing techniques. He will be ready for gameday.”
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