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University of Texas mascot BEVO XIV, recently diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus, passed away in his sleep on Friday

Longhorn Steer embraced his role and loved engaging with people

BEVO XIV, who was recently diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus, passed away in his sleep on Friday, the school announced. 

“BEVO XIV was so much more than a traditional mascot—he was so big and strong, but he had such a sweet personality and a gentle soul,” said Ricky Brennes, Executive Director of the Silver Spurs and BEVO XIV’s regular traveling partner, in a statement.   “He loved the attention that came with being BEVO but was very cool, calm and smart. Like a dog he would come when called by name, show up to the house looking for treats and even roll over on his side so Mrs. Baker could rub his belly. He did so much for his university and community. His last few days provided great memories, but we miss him already.” 

BEVO XIV had been resting at his ranch where he passed in the company of Spike and John T. and Betty Baker, the owners and caretakers of both BEVO XIV and his predecessor, BEVO XIII.

The search for BEVO XV will begin immediately, and will be led by the Silver Spurs Alumni Association. 

Per the press release, the search "will focus on finding the same majestic qualities as previous longhorns that have worn the famous BEVO halter.  The timeframe for selection and training has not yet been finalized, but it is anticipated that 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 was a part of some of the best moments in Longhorns football history. That included back-to-back Rose Bowl victories, including the January 2006 win that resulted in the most recent Longhorns’ BCS Football National Championship.

He also made multiple appearances at special events, including the second inauguration of President George W. Bush.

From our friend Trey Luerssen at FoxSports - "Very sad news -- Bevo XIV “passed away in his sleep” last night. I was able to spend an entire day with Bevo to do a mini-documentary which is a really good celebration of his life. You'll be missed 14."

Bevo: Behind the Scenes --- Here is a mini-documentary I produced for Fox Sports and Chevy Silverado a couple years ago that gives you a great behind the scenes of a game day for Bevo -- including trailer cam!!

Posted by Trey Luerssen on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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