Days after receiving a diagnosis of Bovine Leukemia Virus, Texas Longhorns mascot BEVO XIV passed away on Friday while resting at the ranch of his caretakers, the school announced.
"BEVO XIV was so much more than a traditional mascot—he was so big and strong, but he had such a sweet personality and a gentle soul," said Ricky Brennes, Executive Director of the Silver Spurs and BEVO XIV's regular traveling partner.
"He loved the attention that came with being BEVO but was very cool, calm and smart. Like a dog he would come when called by name, show up to the house looking for treats and even roll over on his side so Mrs. Baker could rub his belly. He did so much for his university and community. His last few days provided great memories, but we miss him already."
BEVO XIV was two when he began his tenure in 2004 and witnessed back-to-back Rose Bowl wins, including the national championship victory over USC at the 2006 Rose Bowl, as well as 107 total victories.
A search for Sunrise Studly's replacement will begin immediately and the school hopes to have a replacement on the sidelines for the 2016 football season, which will feature the 100th anniversary of BEVO's first appearance at a Texas football game on Thanksgiving.