AUSTIN - University of Texas President Greg Fenves tweeted a video of Bevo XV on the eve of the Longhorns' season opener and the steer's football field debut as team mascot.
Welcome to Longhorn Nation. BEVO XV will have a long and victory-filled reign. pic.twitter.com/GCTxCeszkv— Greg Fenves (@gregfenves) September 4, 2016
The student organization The Silver Spurs cares for Bevo . They can be seen in the video with Bevo XV.
Bevo XV will made his official debut before the game Sunday evening against Notre Dame. He takes the position after Bevo XIV died in October. In May, UT announced that the next mascot had been selected and was "in the midst of training."
Bevo XIV started his tenure in 2004 and was on the sidelines when the Longhorns won the national championship in 2006. His last game was UT's upset of the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl.
"Bevo has embodied Longhorn pride and Texas spirit for 100 years," UT President Gregory L. Fenves said in a release. "He is part of our campus culture and has watched our football team's successes for decades. I'm looking forward to seeing Bevo XV in his place of honor on the field this coming season."
Bevo XIV died in his sleep after he was diagnosed with bovine leukemia virus. Ricky Brennes, executive director of the Silver Spurs and Bevo XIV's regular traveling partner, told KVUE around the time of Bevo XIV's death that he was a "special animal."
"He truly embraced his role and loved engaging with people at games and special events, and at his ranch ... he was clearly the leader of the herd."
2016 marks the 100th year that the steer is the official mascot of the University of Texas. The original Bevo made his debut during the 1916 Thanksgiving Day football game against Texas A&M, according to UT.
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