Museum at Texas honors tradition of Bevo mascot

Updated: November 3, 2006, 1:32 PM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Some of the most famous sets of horns in Texas history are featured at a new museum opening Friday at the University of Texas at Austin's Royal-Memorial Stadium.

Kirby Lee/WireImage.comThe current Bevo, seen here at the 2005 Rose Bowl, is the 14th steer to serve as the Longhorns' mascot.

The Silver Spurs Bevo Center is dedicated to the 14 longhorn steer mascots that have been a fixture at Texas games since 1916.

The museum in the stadium's east-side lobby features a Bevo "walk of fame" on the floor with silver plaques for each longhorn, videos showing stories of Bevo history and touch-screen monitors with highlights of UT sports.

It also will include a tribute to Bevo XIII, who died last month, and photos of members of the Silver Spurs, a UT spirit and service organization that was founded in 1937 to take care of the steers.

Photos on display show each steer has had its own personality, some more feisty than others.

For example, Bevo I had to be dragged onto the field with cables, said Sean Mast, a Silver Spurs alumnus whose wife designed the museum. Bevo IV jumped over an 8-foot fence without a running start and rammed into a parked car at a football game.

Bevo V was known as the first nice Bevo, Mast said. But Bevo VI rammed into a players' bench during a game, said Ricky Brennes, a Silver Spurs alumnus who is the museum's curator.

Creating the center cost about $700,000, said Howard Nirken, an alumnus of the Silver Spurs who helped come up with the idea for the center with Mast and his wife.

The money came from more than $2 million donated by Silver Spurs alumni. The rest will go toward scholarships for UT students, the care of Bevo and a mentoring and tutoring program.

"Bevo is not just a mascot," said Todd Maclin, a contributor and Silver Spurs alumnus. "He represents the school."

Fourth-ranked Texas (8-1, 5-0 Big 12) plays Oklahoma State (5-3, 2-2) at home Saturday night.

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