UT’s mascot near death, won’t attend OU-Texas game

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A piece of OU-Texas tradition will be missing from the game this weekend.

UT’s mascot, Bevo XIV, will not attend the Red River Showdown, due to what’s being called a life-threatening condition.

“Bevo is a fighter, a symbol of strength and who fans across the world care deeply about. We are carefully monitoring Bevo’s condition at this time and will update the public as we find out more about his condition,” said Ricky Brennes, the executive director of the Silver Spurs Alumni Association. “The safety and well being of Bevo XIV is always our primary concern and, therefore, he will not be attending the game on Saturday.”

Bevo, a live longhorn, has been Texas’ mascot since 2004.

The 2,100-pound piece of tradition is now a staple for the rivalry.

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