BEVO, The University of Texas mascot dating back to 1917, has long stood for all things Texas. He has seen National Championships, President's Inaugurations, 93 graduations and countless Longhorn victories both on and off the field. In 2004, the Silver Spurs launched The BEVO Endowment, ensuring BEVO's expenses would be taken care of for years to come. But that's not all, BEVO's Endowment now supports 10 scholarships annually to UT students as well as UT outreach programs like The Neighborhood Longhorns Program.
2004 was also significant because of the retirement of BEVO XIII and the introduction of BEVO XIV. BEVO XIII saw a lot of ups and downs through his 16 years of service to The University; through it all he recorded more wins than any of his 12 predecessors and enshrined his legacy as arguably our greatest mascot. As stacked as his resume is, BEVO XIV is off to a start that rivals any six year stretch in college football history. His record now stands at 69-9. He saw our Longhorns win 5 straight bowl games (should have been 6). XIV kicked things off with back to back Rose Bowl victories, the second of which bringing Texas the 2005 National Championship in what is widely considered the greatest college football game ever played.
BEVOFanClub.com is the newest opportunity for fans to get involved and support BEVO. Launching with kickoff for the 2010 season, BEVOFanClub.com membership comes with an "autographed" photo of BEVO and gets you on an email list that will notify you when BEVO will be making a public appearance. Updates will be frequent throughout the season with exciting offers and opportunities.
Thank you for considering joining us in support of BEVO and The University of Texas. We know BEVO XIV is looking forward to another great season.
Silver Spurs Alumni Association
History of BEVO (courtesy of The University of Texas KNOW)
In the scientific history of its development, the Longhorn comes to connote courage, fighting ability, nerve, lust of combat, efficiency in deadly encounters and the holy spirit of ‘Never Say Die."
The Texas Longhorn is a breed that originated from Spanish cattle. Texas at the time was full of predators so the Longhorn became tough and could kill anything from grizzlies to mountain lions.
Because there is much written about the history of BEVO, compiling all of that information and verifying it has become one of our priorities. Below is a beginning to this compilation. Please be patient and check back often for updated BEVO history.
BEVO I: the University of Texas Longhorn mascot, was dragged onto the football field to make an appearance at the Longhorn-Texas Aggies Thanksgiving day game in 1916. (Photo courtesy Alcalde magazine, the University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association.)
BEVO VIII: BEVO IX:
BEVO XI: BEVO XI with young BEVO XII:
BEVO XIII holds a special place in the hearts of most longhorn fans. XIII, whose registered name is Sunrise Express, is 20 years old and has served the University of Texas since 1988. Thanks to John and Betty Baker, Sunrise Express's owners, we have a great deal of photographic history compiled on XIII. Click to see more photos.
BEVO XIV: Click to see more photos