The members of the sports teams of the University of Texas (UT), Austin are called the Texas Longhorns. Sometimes they are also known as Texas, Horns, and Longhorns. As many of you might know, the longhorn cattle are considered as the largest animals that represent the state of Texas. This big beast is very important to Texans because of its significance in the development of the state. The moniker for the strong sports teams of this university actually first appeared in a newspaper in Texas in 1900.
If you have been to the games played by Texas Longhorns, you probably saw a big cattle with BEVO imprinted on its face. Do you know what BEVO stand for? There are actually a lot of stories behind the reason why UT’s mascot was called BEVO. One of the most popular stories that have been circulating for a long time now regarding the nickname is actually about a prank done by the Texas Aggies, a strong rival to the UT Longhorns. According to the story, Aggies one night branded 13-0 on the university’s first longhorn mascot as a prank. So, when the Horns saw the branding, they immediately tried to cover up the act. Thus, they changed the 13 to B, the – to E, and inserted V before the 0 to spell BEVO. However, this story is actually far from the truth.
According to the official website of the Texas Longhorns, the name was actually first coined by the editor Ben Dyer of Texas Exes Alcalde magazine when he gave a blow by blow report of what has happened during a Longhorn football game in December 1916. At the end of the report, he simply said that the name of the longhorn cattle that was introduced as a first live mascot of the University of Texas was BEVO. However, nobody really knew why Mr. Dyer called the mascot BEVO. By the way, it is true that some Aggies students once branded a dying longhorn mascot of the UT with 13-0 (the score that the Aggies got in a collegiate football game in 1915), but the animal died immediately after the branding, but it is not true that this prank was the reason behind the BEVO moniker.
Much like other school athletic teams, white and burnt orange were not the original school colors for the Texas Longhorns. In the 1890s, the winning team of the University of Texas actually wore white and gold, then eventually maroon and orange. Because of the confusions, however, the Board of Regent decided to ask the alumni to vote what colors they preferred. Majority of the 1,111 alumni who voted chose white and orange. For many years, the Horns wore these colors but the shade of orange used in the uniforms of the players lost vividness and changed to yellow just before the end of the seasons. Thus, in 1928, the coach of the UT football ordered that a darker shade of orange be used in the uniforms of the team so that it would not fade. From then on, the Longhorns have used white and burnt orange, also known as Texas orange, as their official school colors.