If it's not one thing it's another for the Longhorns football program.
This time, though, it has nothing to do with its coaches or players and everything to do with their beloved mascot BEVO XIV, who the University of Texas Silver Spurs, the honorary service organization charged with taking care of the Longhorn, announced in a statement will not be attending the Texas-OU Red River Showdown due to a life-threatening condition still being explored by his veterinarians.
“BEVO is a fighter, a symbol of strength and who fans across the world care deeply about. We are carefully monitoring BEVO’s condition at this time and will update the public as we find out more about his condition. The safety and well being of BEVO XIV is always our primary concern, and therefore he will not be attending the game on Saturday” said Ricky Brennes, the Executive Director of the Silver Spurs Alumni Association.
Here are some interesting facts about BEVO XIV per UT:
- BEVO XIV is a National Grand Champion Show Steer
- BEVO XIV weighs 2100 lbs and has a horn span of 82 inches tip to tip
- 2015 is the 12th season for BEVO XIV
- Of the first 26 football games in which BEVO XIV appeared, the team won 25.
- BEVO XIV has a record of 106-41 during his reign as BEVO
- BEVO XIV has a bowl record of 7-3
- BEVO XIV has appeared in 2 National Championship games as well as the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Holiday Bowl and the Texas Bowl
- BEVO XIV appeared at President George W. Bush’s inauguration in January of 2005
- BEVO XIV appears in the upcoming film “My All-American” based on Longhorn Legend Freddie Steinmark
- BEVO XIV has had many famous visitors including Matthew McConaughey, Kristen Bell, George Strait, and Adam Sandler
- In the last 2 years, BEVO XIV has helped raise more than $250k for the University of Texas Neighborhood Longhorns Program, the primary charity of the Silver Spurs