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                   TEXAS Longhorns Mascot: BEVO

The Bevo tradition has been alive, but not necessarily well at UT since 1916.  Brought to
the school by a football manager, Bevo’s first line of duty was to stand tall for the Longhorn’
s during a 1916 victory over Texas A&M in Austin.  However, it wasn’t long before Bevo
served in a different capacity.  Actually he provided many servings when he showed up as
the main entree at an UT-Texas A&M banquet that honored the Texas 1920 squad that
upset the Aggies for the SWC crown.  

Of course, this story seems  bizarre considering the pampering care today’s mascots
receive.  Once future Bevo’s were spared the possibility of wrapping up their careers at the
nearest steakhouse, the line of mascots has been a source of great pride at UT.  Bevo
notables include Bevo II being a Hereford instead of a Longhorn, Bevo III earning a blue
ribbon in a New York stock show, Bevo IV battering a car while entering Memorial Stadium
and Bevo VIII escaping prior to the 1990 Oklahoma game.

The naming of Bevo holds its own place in Texas folklore.  The Longhorn supposedly
received his name as a response to Aggie fans branding the 13-0 score into the UT
mascot following the Aggies’ shutout victory in 1913.  To remove the shameful marking,
Texas fans formed “BEVO” by transforming the 13 into a “B,” making the hyphen an “E,”
inserting the “V” and using the “0" that was already there.

An honorary service organization named the University of Texas Silver Spurs has been
responsible for Bevo’s upkeep since 1936.  When Bevo displays his Longhorn spirit, he
can be difficult to handle.

“You can never tell what type of mood Bevo will be in,” said UT Silver Spur member Adam
Krug.  Sometimes he’s feisty and it takes four guys to get him going and sometimes he’s
peaceful.  He lives out on a ranch with his buddies and we go out and see him a couple of
times a week.”

With the history of pranksters wreaking havoc with mascots through the years, the Silver
Spurs take pride in keeping Bevo out of harm’s way.
“Before games with a big rival we keep Bevo in a special place,” Krug said.  “In the past,
Oklahoma and Texas A&M supporters have done some stupid things,” Krug added as he
guarded Bevo at the 1998 Oklahoma game.  “They’ve thrown paint on Bevo and have done
other things.  We have to be real careful.”
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Bevo has been part of Texas traditions
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Texas Longhorns School Colors
Burning up the old Orange and in with the new
Texas first adopted it's unique shade of Burnt Orange uniform colors in 1928 when second year
head coach Clyde Littlefield first instrumented the change from bright orange.  With the bright
orange hue, the Longhorns jerseys would fade from orange to yellow as each season
progressed.  The color fade would lead Texas opponents to refer to Longhorn players as
"Yellow-Bellies."
A friend of Littlefield's who worked at the O'Shea Knitting Mills in Chicago helped to develop the
special dye for Texas.  The new burnt orange color stayed with UT until the dye was no longer
made in WW II.  With that development, Texas went back to sporting an orange that resembled that
of Clemson and Tennessee.
Daryl Royal brought Burnt Orange back to Texas in 1962 and that color is now firmly established
as a part of Texas' "Colorful" tradition.
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Heisman Statues of Ricky Williams
and Earl Campbell
UT's Heisman Heroes are immortalized in tremendous fashion
by statues built as a tribute to the impact they made in college
football by winning college football's top individual award.  
Located in the southwest corner of Darrell K. Royal  Stadium,
the statues stand 8-feet tall and weigh 1000 pounds.  
Campbell's statue was unveiled in 2006 and Williams' in 2012.
 
The University of Texas Longhorn Band
This marching band delights fans with songs such as the
famous "Eyes of Texas", "Texas Fight", "March grandioso",
"March of the Longhorns", and "Wabash Cannonball."  Along
with playing these traditional songs, the band also is known for
ringing cowbells before the start of a game, banging Big
Bertha, the largest marching drum in the world, forming a giant
Script Texas, Block T and more.
 
The Lighting of the University's Main Tower
Fans know that looking at this campus landmark is a
great way to measure the success of the football
program.  The tower's top is lit orange after a
conference win and the entire tower is lit for a
conference championship.  For a national title, the tower
is lit up in orange and also features a No. 1.
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