AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – University of Texas mascot BEVO XIV, has been diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus and is being retired effective immediately, the University said Tuesday.
BEVO XIV will rest comfortably on a ranch.
The search for BEVO XV will begin immediately, and will be led by the Silver Spurs Alumni Association. It’s anticipated BEVO XV will be on the sidelines for the 2016 football season, including Thanksgiving, the 100th Anniversary of BEVO’s first appearance at a Texas Football game.
“BEVO XIV has served as part of a great tradition, and was a rallying point for Longhorns fans,” said UT President Gregory L. Fenves. “We all have warm memories of him as he heads in to retirement.”
BEVO XIV began his tenure as the Texas mascot at the age of two in 2004. He was there for back-to-back Rose Bowl victories, including the January 2006 win that resulted in the BCS National Championship.
“BEVO XIV has served the university and the Longhorns family extremely well in his tenure,” said Texas Interim Men’s Athletics Director Mike Perrin. “We are thrilled he heads in to retirement with a victory over Oklahoma as his last game, and look forward to welcoming BEVO XV, who will be the same strong symbol his fourteen predecessors have been since 1916.”
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