Bevo is the mascot of the athletic programs at the University of Texas at Austin. Bevo is a Texas longhorn steer with burnt orange coloring, the shape of the Longhorns head and horns gives rise to the schools hand symbol and saying, Hook em Horns. The most recent Bevo, Bevo XV, was introduced to Texas football fans on September 4,2016 and his predecessor, Bevo XIV, died of cancer on October 16,2015. Bevo XV is owned by Betty and John Bakers Sunrise Ranch in Liberty Hill, Sunrise Ranch owned Bevo XVs predecessors Bevo XIII, a Longhorn steer was not the original mascot of the University of Texas. The original mascot was actually an American Pit Bull Terrier named Pig, the idea to use a live longhorn as the universitys mascot is attributed to UT alumnus Stephen Pinckney in 1916. Pinckney gathered $124 from other alumni to purchase a steer in the Texas Panhandle, there have been fifteen Bevos to date. Bevo was originally named Bo but came to be called Bevo soon after his first appearance at Texas 1916 Thanksgiving Day game, after the game, Ben Dyer the campus magazine editor declared, His name is Bevo, and long may he reign.
Ben Dyer died before stating why he chose the name Bevo, the first is that Bevo was named after an amber colored drink named Bevo, and the other is that he added an o to the plural form of beef, beev. Bevo II once charged an SMU cheerleader, who had to himself with his megaphone. Bevo III escaped from his enclosure and ran amok across campus for 2 days, Bevo IV once attacked a parked car, while Bevo V broke loose and scattered the Baylor band. More recent Bevos have had a more peaceful tenure, the longest reigning Bevo was Bevo XIII, which like the most recent Bevo was supplied to the university by John T. Baker, owner of the Sunrise Ranch in Liberty Hill, Texas. Baker is past president of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, Bevo XIII, originally named Sunrise Express, was a champion steer at the age of 3, before becoming the UT mascot. Bevo XIII became the mascot in 1988 and served 16 seasons on the sideline and he presided over 191 UT football games and attended President George W.
Bushs inauguration in 2001. During his tenure, he presided over four conference football championships and it was the only time that two Bevos have ever appeared at the same football game. Bevo XIII was returned to Bakers ranch where he lived out the rest of his days in peace, Bevo XIII died on October 9,2006 due to heart failure. Bevo XIV attended George W. Bushs second inauguration in January 2005 and he attended the 2005 Rose Bowl win over Michigan as well as the 2006 Rose Bowl game in which the Longhorns won the 2005–2006 National Championship over USC. As of May 6,2008, Bevo XIV weighed 1,800 pounds, stood 5 feet 8 inches, at the 2008 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, he took home the honors of Reserve Grand Champion. On October 13,2015, it was announced that Bevo XIV retired after contracting bovine leukemia virus and he died on October 16,2015
The University of Texas National Championship 2005
The University of Texas National Championship 2005 is a painting by Opie Otterstad. The Longhorns secured the championship by defeating the University of Southern California Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl, the painting was officially unveiled May 6 and 7,2006, at a gallery called Art on 5th. The work is oil on canvas, following his usual practice, Otterstad completed the painting without the use of paint brushes. The painting consists of 15 separate images, each painted on a separate canvas, each image features one moment from either the championship game or the ensuing Texas celebration. Some figures from past Texas seasons are included in the background. Darrell Royals face appears as a shadow behind the image of Mack Brown holding aloft the championship trophy, Opie Otterstad, The University of Texas Rose Bowl Collection
Clark Field (1887)
Clark Field, originally known as Varsity Athletic Field, was a stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Clark Field hosted the Texas Longhorns football and track teams until they moved to the newly constructed Memorial Stadium in 1924. It hosted the Texas baseball team until it moved to the second Clark Field in 1928 and the Texas Longhorns mens basketball team until it moved next door to the new Mens Gym in 1917. The stadium opened in 1887 on part of the land at the southeast corner of 24th Street and Speedway At its peak of activity, in 1904 it was named after former University of Texas regent, James Benjamin Clark. Memorial Stadium, completed the year, was built a short distance to the southeast of Clark Field
The Southwest Conference was an NCAA Division I college athletic conference in the United States that existed from 1914 to 1996. Composed primarily of schools from Texas, at times the conference included schools from Oklahoma. After a long period of stability, Arkansas left in 1991 to join the Southeastern Conference, by March 1,1914 a number of schools had responded favorably to the idea. The first organizational meeting of the conference was set to be held on April 30,1914, the date was changed because representatives from every school could not make it then. It was ultimately held on May 5 and 7,1914 at the Oriental Hotel in Dallas, Texas and it was chaired by L. Theo Bellmont. Originally, Bellmont wanted Louisiana State University and the University of Mississippi to join the conference as well, the Southwest Intercollegiate Athletic Conference became an official body on December 8,1914, at a formal meeting at the Rice Hotel in Houston. Rice University left the conference in 1916, only to re-join in 1918, phillips University was a conference member for one year.
Oklahoma left in 1919 to join the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the series between Texas and Oklahoma would continue as a non-conference matchup in the annual Red River Rivalry game held in Dallas. From 1925 until 1991, the University of Arkansas would be the only member not located within the state of Texas. By 1925, the name was shortened to simply Southwest Conference. After its organizational years, the conference settled into regularly scheduled meetings among its members, the SWC would be guided by seven commissioners, the first of whom, P. W. St. Clair, was appointed in 1938. In 1940, the conference took control of the five-year-old Cotton Bowl Classic, Texas Technological College joined the SWC in 1958, followed by the University of Houston for the 1976 season. The conference celebrated its glory years in the 1960s, dominated by two teams and Arkansas. Texas won the 1963 National Championship, and Arkansas won a National Championship in 1964 in the Football Writers Association of America, in 1969, Texas won another National Championship by beating #2-ranked Arkansas 15-14 in the regular seasons final game.
The 1969 Arkansas-Texas game in Fayetteville, attended by President Richard Nixon, is counted among the greatest college football games ever played. Texas won the 1970 United Press International National Championship, which until 1974 was awarded prior to the bowl games, opponents usually were the runners-up from the Big 8 Conference or the Southeastern Conference, although independents Penn State and Notre Dame were often featured. From the 1940s onward, the Cotton Bowl Classic was counted among the four bowl games. However, in the 1990s, the game declined in importance, in 1977, Notre Dame became the last team to win a national championship in the Cotton Bowl Classic by beating Texas in the January 1978 game
Hex Rally was a pep rally at The University of Texas at Austin that occurred in the week before the annual football game between the Texas Longhorns and their in-state rivals, the Texas A&M Aggies. In an effort to prevent the tradition from dying, in 2012, despite having no traditional basis, before the 1941 game, a group attempted to hex the Aggies with a bonfire, similar in structure to the Aggie Bonfire. However, there was not sufficient lumber to build one as large, UT Bonfire eventually died out in the mid-1980s. The physics department at the university decided to build an iron candle-like torch as a replacement, instead of red candles, participants lit white candles in memory of the fallen Aggies. The Texas Exes Student Chapter, sponsored by the Texas Exes alumni organization, the Longhorn Band, cheerleading squad, Smokey the Cannon, the Worlds Largest Texas Flag, and football team all appeared at the event, where red candles were burned. The 2008 rally, held November 24,2008, featured Longhorn football head coach Mack Brown and conditioning coach, Jeff Mad Dog Madden, and the Longhorn Football Team
Texas Longhorns football under Mack Brown
William Mack Brown is the former head coach of the University of Texas Longhorn football team. Through 2008 the Texas Longhorns football team under Mack Brown have had a season for all eleven seasons since Brown took over the program for the 1998 season. As of 2008, they have won at least ten games in each of the past eight seasons, Browns Longhorns won the 2005 National Championship and seven of their ten bowl games. In 2006 he was awarded the Paul Bear Bryant Award for Coach of the Year, prior to coaching at Texas, Brown coached at Appalachian State and North Carolina. Brown is credited with revitalizing the Texas and North Carolina football programs, at the time, the Tar Heels had just completed their most successful season in years. The 1997 Tar Heels notched a 10–1 record—only the third 10-win regular season in school history and they were slated to appear in the Gator Bowl for the second year in a row—only their second New Years Day bowl game since the Justice era. They were all but assured of their highest final ranking in the AP Poll in half a century, on December 2,1997, Brown was contacted while at the ACCs football banquet in Atlanta.
Brown met the committee on December 3 in the Four Seasons hotel in Atlanta, the committee was impressed with Brown and Dodds offered him the job on the spot. The offer included a pay raise to about $750,000 a year. Brown tentatively accepted, but wanted to speak with North Carolina athletics director Dick Baddour, the following day Brown met with Baddour, who had been told by the Chancellor to offer Brown a ten-year contract, as Brown relates in his autobiography, came over to our house. The university offered me, but Baddour made it clear that it would create a real hardship on the department if I took it and he said, If you want football to be equal to basketball, you should go to Texas. Told us the chancellor had said to offer a ten-year contract and he did add that he didnt feel the Board of Trustees would approve the long-term deal. Brown called Deloss Dodds to officially accept the coaching position at the University of Texas on December 4,1997 at 2,30 PM. At 3,00 PM, Brown held a meeting with the Tar Heel players to them of his decision.
That Thursday night, Brown flew to Austin and he was introduced to an enthusiastic Longhorn crowd on Friday. North Carolina credits the 1997 regular season to Brown and the Gator Bowl to Torbush and they felt that he should be playing for Big 12 titles or even National Championships instead. In five of the first eight seasons under Brown, the Longhorns were all, Brown did however lead the University of Texas to its second Big 12 Conference Championship game only to lose to a higher ranked Nebraska team which they had beaten earlier in the year. He took the Longhorns to the 2001 Big 12 title game, in that years campaign, the Longhorns lost to the Sooners but were given another chance when the Sooners lost to both Nebraska and Oklahoma State
University of Texas at Austin
Founded in 1881 as The University of Texas, its campus is in Austin, Texas—approximately 1 mile from the Texas State Capitol. The institution has the nations seventh-largest single-campus enrollment, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty, UT Austin was inducted into the American Association of Universities in 1929, becoming only the third university in the American South to be elected. It is a center for academic research, with research expenditures exceeding $550 million for the 2014–2015 school year. J. Pickle Research Campus and the McDonald Observatory, among university faculty are recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Emmy Award, the Turing Award, and the National Medal of Science, as well as many other awards. UT Austin student athletes compete as the Texas Longhorns and are members of the Big 12 Conference and its Longhorn Network is the only sports network featuring the college sports of a single university. The first mention of a university in Texas can be traced to the 1827 constitution for the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas.
Although Title 6, Article 217 of the Constitution promised to establish education in the arts and sciences. On April 18,1838, An Act to Establish the University of Texas was referred to a committee of the Texas Congress. On January 26,1839, the Texas Congress agreed to set aside fifty leagues of land towards the establishment of a publicly funded university, in addition,40 acres in the new capital of Austin were reserved and designated College Hill. In 1845, Texas was annexed into the United States, the states Constitution of 1845 failed to mention higher education. On February 11,1858, the Seventh Texas Legislature approved O. B,102, an act to establish the University of Texas, which set aside $100,000 in United States bonds toward construction of the states first publicly funded university. The legislature designated land reserved for the encouragement of railroad construction toward the universitys endowment, Texas secession from the Union and the American Civil War delayed repayment of the borrowed monies.
At the end of the Civil War in 1865, The University of Texas endowment was just over $16,000 in warrants, the more valuable lands reverted to the fund to support general education in the state. The legislature additionally appropriated $256,272.57 to repay the funds taken from the university in 1860 to pay for frontier defense, the 1883 grant of land increased the land in the Permanent University Fund to almost 2.2 million acres. Under the Act of 1858, the university was entitled to just over 1,000 acres of land for every mile of railroad built in the state. On March 30,1881, the legislature set forth the structure and organization. By popular election on September 6,1881, Austin was chosen as the site, having come in second in the election was designated the location of the medical department. On November 17,1882, on the original College Hill, smite the earth, smite the rocks with the rod of knowledge and fountains of unstinted wealth will gush forth
Rice Owls football
The Rice Owls football team represents Rice University in NCAA Division I college football. The Owls have competed in Conference USAs Western Division since 2005, Rice Stadium, built in 1950, hosts the Owls home football games. Rice Stadium was built in 1950, and has been the home of Owls football ever since and it hosted the NFL Super Bowl on January 1974. It replaced the old Rice Field to increase seating, total seating capacity in the current stadium was reduced from 70,000 to 47,000 before the 2006 season. The endzone seating benches were removed and covered with tarps, and all of the bleachers were replaced with new, metal seating benches in 2006. The stadium is currently undergoing further renovations. The Owls played in the eighteenth Cotton Bowl Classic against the Crimson Tide of Alabama, referee Cliff Shaw saw Lewis come off the bench and gave the Owls the 95 yard touchdown. Rice would win the game 28-6, with the only Crimson Tide score coming from Lewis, the yardage added to Moegles 265 yards rushing, a Cotton Bowl Classic record that would stand until Tony Temples effort in 2008.
This would be the Owls last bowl win until the 2008 Texas Bowl, Rice Stadium hosted a speech by John F. Kennedy on September 12,1962. In it, he used the Rice football team to challenge America to send a man to the moon, but why, some say, the moon. Why choose this as our goal, and they may well ask why climb the highest mountain. Why,35 years ago, fly the Atlantic and we choose to go to the moon. The rivalry is because Rice and SMU were two of four schools in the old Southwest Conference. Rice participates in a rivalry with Houston. UH and Rice play annually for the Bayou Bucket, a weathered bucket found by former Rice guard Fred Curry at an antique shop, Curry had it designed into a trophy for $310. The two universities are separated by five miles in Houston, the Cougars lead the series 29-11. The Cougars 2013 move from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference has jeopardized the status of the series though, it is scheduled to resume in 2017. Rice and Texas have maintained a largely one-sided rivalry beginning in the days of the Southwest Conference.
Texas 28 consecutive victories from 1966–1993 represents the sixth longest single-opponent winning streak in football history
Red River Showdown
The participants are the Oklahoma Sooners football team of the University of Oklahoma and the Texas Longhorns football team of the University of Texas at Austin. The game is played the following the State Fair Classic featuring Prairie View A&M University. The series is one of the rivalries in NCAA football. There are three Red River Shootout trophies exchanged based on the outcome of the game, the best known of these is the Golden Hat, which is a gold ten-gallon hat, formerly of bronze. The trophy is kept by the schools athletic department until the next year. A newer trophy, the Red River Rivalry trophy, has been exchanged between the two student governments since 2003, another annual tradition is the running of game balls by the schools Reserve Officers Training Corps programs. Each schools ROTC program uses a relay running system to run one game all the way from their respective campus to Dallas. Once there, they participate against each other in a scrimmage, with the winner taking home a rivalry trophy.
For both teams, the rivalry is bitterly emotional and territorial in nature relating to the two states proximity, past border disputes and economic and cultural differences. The game originated in 1900, while Oklahoma was still a United States territory, until the 2005 meeting, the 100th meeting between the schools, the game was called the Red River Shootout. In 2006, with SBCs merger with AT&T Corporation, the game was renamed the AT&T Red River Rivalry, in 2014, the name changed again and is now the AT&T Red River Showdown. The term Red River Shootout or Red River Showdown is applied to meetings between the two schools in other than football. During a Q&A session with DeLoss Dodds during the Big 12 restructuring and chaos that ensued thereafter, Dodds stated in an interview, the A&M games been a great game and all of that. But its not something that we have to do, I think the Oklahoma game is something we have to do. Oklahoma and Texas are tied in the post World War II series 34–34–3, since 1936, the first year of the AP Poll, at least one of the teams has come into the game ranked 68 times, including every one of the last 17 meetings.
However, in the last 33 meetings, Oklahoma leads the series 18-13-2, in 2005, the The Dallas Morning News asked the 119 Division 1A football coaches to identify the top rivalry game in college football. The Red River Rivalry ranked third, behind only Michigan–Ohio State, the first meeting between Texas and Oklahomas football teams occurred in 1900, before either team had acquired their current nickname. At that time, the Texas team was typically called Varsity, the write-up in the Austin American-Statesman article referred to the game as a practice game