Beloved Texas Longhorns mascot, Bevo XIV, is retiring after being diagnosed with cancer.
Officials with The University of Texas said Bevo is suffering from bovine leukemia virus. His retirement is effective immediately.
He will now live on a ranch with his owners/caretakers, John T. and Betty Baker.
"Bevo XIV is a special animal," said Ricky Brennes, Executive Director of the Silver Spurs and Bevo XIV's regular travelling partner. "He truly embraced his role and loved engaging with people at games and special events, and at his ranch – where he will continue to live - he was clearly the leader of the herd."
Bevo XIV began his tenure as UT's mascot in 2004 at the age of two. He was part of back-to-back Rose Bowl victories and also made several appearances at special events, including the second inauguration of President George W. Bush.
"Bevo XIV has served as part of a great tradition, and was a rallying point for Longhorns fans," said UT President Gregory L. Fenves. "We all have warm memories of him as he heads in to retirement.
The search for Bevo XV will begin immediately, led by the Silver spurs Alumni Association. 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 FACTS
- 2005 National Championship
- 107 victories
- Five consecutive Bowl wins at start of tenure