Texas notes death of beloved mascot

AUSTIN, Texas -- Bevo XIV, Texas' famed longhorn mascot since 2004, died in his sleep Friday, according to the university.

Bevo XIV was retired Tuesday after receiving a preliminary diagnosis of bovine leukemia and was resting on a 250-acre ranch when he died.

"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," Ricky Brennes, executive director of the Silver Spurs Alumni Association and Bevo XIV's traveling partner, said in a statement. "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, whose given name was Sunrise Studly, was owned by John T. and Betty Baker. He began his tenure as Texas' mascot at age 2.

A search for his replacement is underway, and Bevo XV is expected to be selected in time for the 2016 football season.

Bevo XIV was unable to attend Texas' 24-17 upset win over No. 10 Oklahoma on Saturday after the cancer discovery, but he did get to see Texas' national championship over USC in 2006 and appeared at the second inauguration of President George W. Bush.