In short, they meet the taxidermist.Â
The longhorn mascot tradition began in 1916 when a Texas ex named Stephen Pinckney, who picked apart cattle rustling gangs while at the U.S. attorney general’s office, discovered an orange-furred longhorn during a raid in Laredo.
With contributions of $1 from 124 alumni, Pinckney bought the animal and brought it to Austin where it was presented to the student body during halftime of the Texas A&M game.
An online poll of mascots shows Bevo trailing only Keggy the Keg â€” Dartmouth’s unofficial mascot â€” as the nation’s best. No. 3 is Handsome Dan, the Yale bulldog, and fourth is the University of California at Santa Cruz’s banana slug.
Bevo I eventually became the barbecued main dish for the January 1920 football banquet. But Brennes assures Bevo XIII “will not be eaten.”
Baker said he will preserve Bevo XIII as a shoulder mount.
What’s worst?Â Getting stuffed or suffering the fate of the first Bevo, getting fattened up and eatened.