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Kansas Bans Bevo at Black Friday Longhorns Game

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If you’re looking for UT to win a bid to the Big 12 title game, you’ll be sorely disappointed if you think they’ll do so as a result of Bevo’s presence. Is he their star quarterback? Is he a prized running back? Is he a massive defensive end? No. But, he’s been integral to their game for ages. Bevo is the beloved Texas mascot and their biggest supporter – literally. He’s traveled to many Texas Longhorns away games, but Kansas is banning poor Bevo from their upcoming gridiron battle.

Bevo is actually Bevo XV. He is a three-year-old longhorn steer representing 73 years of stellar Texas mascot service. He can’t attend the upcoming Longhorns football game due to the Kansas Jayhawks rule that prohibits live mascots from being present in the stadium. According to UT, this upcoming Thanksgiving game will be only the second that the Texas Longhorns’ beloved mascot couldn’t be present in the more than seven decades he’s been supporting the team.

Kansas Bans Bevo at Black Friday Longhorns Game

Photo: Facebook/Texas Longhorns

A long-time part of Texas Longhorn football, the original mascot was brought to a Thanksgiving Day game in 1916. At the time, the campus magazine editor, Ben Dyer, gave him his moniker – it’s believed either referencing a non-alcoholic drink that went by the same name, or due to the fact that beeves is the plural of beef. At any rate, Bevo XV is part of a long-standing tradition and a pillar in the Longhorn football community, particularly during Thanksgiving football games. He can typically be found behind the end zones throughout the course of a game. XV’s real name was Sunrise Spur, but since all Texas Longhorn mascots are renamed Bevo, that became his title as well.

Kansas Bans Bevo at Black Friday Longhorns Game
Photo: Facebook/Donald Acrey

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