He’s been to BCS bowls and presidential inaugurations. Now, Bevo XIV gets to enjoy retirement.
The University of Texas announced Tuesday that the Longhorns’ mascot would be retiring after being diagnosed with Bovine Leukemia Virus.
The 2,100 pound steer has been on the job since 2004. In that time, he’s been around for 107 wins, four BCS bowls and a national championship. He also attended the second inauguration of President George W. Bush.
Bevo XIV was unable to attend last week’s upset win over rival Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, but did get his turn with the trophy at his retirement party.
On news of his retirement, fans expressed their get well wishes.
Texas freshman wide receiver John Burt:
We got one for ya BEVO, gonna get a couple more
— John Burt (@burticus21) October 13, 2015
And Longhorns volleyball player Kat Brooks expressed the truest of UT sentiments:
Cancer, like OU, really sucks. Thanks for everything @BEVO_XIV
— Kat Brooks (@KatBrooks6) October 13, 2015
Some fans reminisced.
— Braden Brown (@bradenbrown) October 13, 2015
— Alicia Nicole (@AliciaNicole_tv) October 13, 2015
Even rivals from Oklahoma and Texas A&M sent their regards.
live long and prosper, Bevo
— oumensa© (@oumensa) October 13, 2015
— Meredith Collier (@mereaculous) October 13, 2015
One fans summed up the last few days around the world of college football.
Bevo XIV and Spurrier both retiring. It's a sad day for college football.
— Lauren Luxenburg (@LaurenC_Lux) October 13, 2015
According to the university, the search for Bevo XV will begin immediately and be led by the Silver Spurs Alumni Association.
Texas expects to have its new mascot on the sidelines for the start of the 2016 season, including Texas’ annual Thanksgiving Day game which will mark the 100th anniversary of Bevo’s first appearance.