Everyone expects college pranks and shenanigans to go on between rival universities.

Even so, students at the University of Texas and the Aggies in the past have accused each other of going too far with something both consider sacred at their respective schools: The kidnapping of live mascots.

University archives highlight these two incidents:

* Nov. 12, 1963. Over the years, Texas A&M students have stolen Bevo multiple times -- so many times that it spurred an ESPN commercial. This theft 48 years ago enlisted the investigation powers of the Texas Rangers.

A group of sophomore cadets drove a stock trailer down to a hog farm outside of Austin where Bevo was kept, loaded him into the trailer at night and drove the captured steer back to College Station. The Texas Rangers were called to help locate the missing mascot.

He was found alive and well in a College Station farmhouse, and the Silver Spurs -- the Texas student organization responsible for Bevo's care -- arrived with a special trailer to transport him back to Austin.

* December 1993. Neil Andrew Sheffield, a student at Texas, stole 4-month-old Reveille VI from the Dallas backyard of her handler, Jim Lively, over winter break.

Reveille VI, who had recently become mascot after her predecessor went into retirement, was returned unharmed after Sheffield tied her leash to a Lake Travis signpost and called police. The action created fever-pitch concern from the student body and Corps of Cadets, where she's considered the highest ranking member.

Prior to the incident, Reveille was the only mascot in the Southwest Conference who had never been stolen.

A dog became the A&M mascot 80 years ago when a group of cadets hit a small black and white dog on their way back from Navasota. The next day, when "Reveille" was blown by a bugler, she started barking, hence the name.

To learn how Bevo got its name, forget the folklore and go to www.texassports.com/trads/bevo.html

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