For a 2,100-pound steer, University of Texas mascot Bevo is well-traveled. But this fall, there’s a few places college football fans won’t be seeing the live longhorn.
On Wednesday, the official Twitter account for Bevo XIV announced the mascot would not be allowed at the Sept. 5 season opener for the Longhorns due to the no-live-mascot policy at the University of Notre Dame.
— BEVO XV (@TexasMascot) July 29, 2015
Bevo is looked after by the Silver Spurs, a student service group at the university. According to the Ricky Brennes, the BEVO/Athletic Relations officer of the Silver Spurs Alumni Assocation, the mascot needs a lot of space.
“His horn span’s about 81 inches, tip to tip,” said Brennes. “Normally he gets about a 12 [feet] by 12 [feet] space.”
From a quick glance, when you factor in players, coaches, staff, equipment, photographers and everyone else normally present on a college football sideline, Notre Dame’s stadium doesn’t leave much room for really any live mascots.
Brennes said the organization reached out to the university and asked to go to the game. Since they have a policy against live mascots, there wasn’t discussion about space and safety. Other schools, including some in the Big 12, also won’t be seeing Bevo on their campuses when the Longhorns come visit in the future.
“Oklahoma State wouldn’t be safe for Bevo to be there,” Brennes said. “Bevo’s been to Texas Tech before, but we don’t really take him there anymore. It really comes down to space for the most part.”
This year, the Longhorns will host Rice, California, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Kansas and Texas Tech at home in Austin. Bevo has a special space designated for him in the southwest corner of the stands during home games. Brennes said they haven’t asked to take the live mascot to the Iowa State or Kansas games in the past.
Despite his size limiting some of the stadiums he can visit, Bevo has had his share of road trips, including to the last National Championship game the universon won at the Rose Bowl.
“Bevo has been to Los Angeles several times, Washington, D.C., and we took him to Ole Miss,” Brennes said.
Another notable icon of Texas football games is Smokey the Cannon, which Brennes said almost never travels to away games. It’s been allowed at some bowl games, but it hasn’t always fired.
So if you’re a traveling Texas football fan, you’ll just have to wait for the Longhorns’ home opener against Rice University on Sept. 12 to see Bevo.
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